WORK FIRST/TANF INFORMATION SESSION Rev 7-1-06. IMPORTANT NOTICE!.
North Carolina’s Work First Program is built upon the belief that all
people have a responsibility to their families and community to work
and to provide for their children. The goal of Work First is to assist
families with becoming self sufficient through services offered from
the Employment Security Commission (ESC), Child Support
Enforcement (CSE), Supportive Services and if needed, Work First
Family Assistance (WFFA).
The terms “Work First”
are interchangeable and may be used together or
separately during this presentation. All references
are to the monthly cash money payment. The Work
First Family Assistance payment is only available
to families with dependent children living in their
Additional children born subject to family cap requirement will not
result in an increase of monthly benefits. .
Retention social workers can provide services to individuals who are ….
These social workers may be able to assist when a crisis or problem occurs on the job or at home that could lead to the loss of the job. They are able to provide many services for up to 12 months after the family’s TANF check stops.
Please notify us at this time if you fit into this category and wish to meet with the Retention Social Worker instead of applying for Work First.
Child Support Enforcement is a nationwide program established by Congress in 1975 to ensure that both parents support their children to the extent of their ability.
Individuals receiving TANF/Work First are
automatically referred to the local Child Support
Enforcement office and must cooperate as a
condition of their eligibility to receive Work First
benefits. All child support payments made for
children receiving Work First benefits will
be reassigned to the Dept. of Human Resources
to offset the TANF monies received for the child.
If you choose to apply for TANF/WFFA cash assistance
you are required to be screened for substance/alcohol
abuse. A caseworker will conduct this thorough
screening with you personally and complete an
Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT).
The caseworker will also complete the Drug Abuse
Questionnaire (DAST-10) with you. WFFA policy
requires completion of both the AUDIT and the DAST-10
if you receive Work First cash assistance benefits.
Are available to SSI parent(s),
grandparents and other relatives who are
responsible for the care of a child(ren)
living in their home. If you fit into this
category please notify us at this time and
you will be directed to the appropriate
There are 2 clocks that run concurrently
The 2-year state clock will terminate Work First benefits
after 24 months and you can not receive again for 3 years
unless a special extension is granted.
The 5- yearfederal clock limits receiving WFFA for
a maximum lifetime benefit of 60 months unless a
hardship hearing results in approval of extended months.
(All months used of the 60 month clock are transferred and
tracked from state to state).
Due to these time limits, you may choose not to apply for WFFA
benefits at this time but rather apply for other supportive services
and programs that are not time limited.
There are some options available to help meet your needs
and that will not start the 2 or 5 year time limit clocks.
Handouts are available of agency and community resources
If you are interested in these other services and do not wish to apply
for Work First/TANF at this time please notify the receptionist.
referral and your full cooperation is required.
Stop(Employment Security Commission).
A Mutual Responsibility Agreement is an agreement between you
and the Department of Social Services representative. This will be
your plan for self-sufficiency. This agreement will detail expectations
of activities that you will be performing and note any supportive
services provided. Based on your assessment, your Mutual
Responsibility Agreement may include 35 hours of weekly activity.
You may begin job searching and/or be referred to our Employment
Coordinators or to the Employment Security Commission for job leads and referrals.
Participant’s Name:_______________ Case Number:_____________________
North Carolina’s Work First Program is based on the philosophy that all people have the responsibility to their families and community to work and provide for their children. The family and Social Services develop this Mutual Responsibility Agreement, Plan of Action. It outlines the steps to become self-sufficient. It will be reviewed and may be changed as needed.
# of months remaining on 24-month time clock:_____60 month time clock:_____
Plan of Action: (Describe client and agency responsibility)
Activity/ HRS/ Expectations
Our signatures indicate that we have jointly developed this Plan of Action and agree to the
responsibilities and conditions outlined. The policy regarding time-limited benefits, sanctions
hearings, and extensions have been explained.
Work First Participant’s Signature:_______Date______Telephone___________
Work First Worker’s Signature: __________Date______Telephone___________
The caseworker processing the application will
need the following information verified:
The 35 hours of weekly participation required may
be in one or more of the following areas:
Failure to participate may result in denial of the
Work First/TANF application or a mandatory sanction
(penalty) of benefits that will make the entire family
ineligible for a Work First Family payment for one
month or until compliance, whichever is later.
If you are still interested in applying for Work First Family Assistance…
You can do it!!!