Connecticut Temporary Family Assistance (TFA)

Temporary Family Assistance Program (TFA) provides monthly cash and employment assistance to eligible families throughout Connecticut to support basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing.

Most families with children in Connecticut are eligible for only 21 months of cash benefits and are required to participate in Jobs First Employment Services activities, coordinated by the Department of Labor.

Under Jobs First, recipients who get a job are allowed to keep all earnings up to the federal poverty level as well as their cash assistance benefit for the remainder of the 21 months. 1


How much cash assistance will I get in CT? #


The cash assistance for a family of three with no income in the most populous region is $698 per month if in subsidized housing, $576 if not.

TFA recipients may also be eligible for medical assistance under the Husky program, specifically, Husky A, which provides medical coverage under Medicaid.

Child care assistance is also available to TFA recipients. Such assistance continues until the family’s income reaches 75% of the state’s median income level.

How do I apply for cash assistance in CT? #


You may pre-screen your eligibility at ConneCT, under “Am I Eligible,” or apply for TFA online, under “Apply for Benefits.”

To request an application by mail, call

Do you have to pay back cash assistance in CT? #


No. You will not have to pay back any benefits you were eligible to receive. Unless, there is a mistake and you receive more than you are eligible for, you will be responsible for paying that amount back.

Families who are unable to work due to medical or other prescribed reasons may apply for State Administered General Assistance (SAGA) — up to $219 per month if applicant has a rental obligation or $55 if living rent free.

  1. Eligible families may apply for two six-month extensions, for a total of 33 months.