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.

The cash assistance for a family of three with no income in the most populous region is $500 per month if in subsidized housing, $543 if not.1

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.2

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

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

To request an application by mail, call

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. How much cash assistance will I get in CT?
  2. Eligible families may apply for two six-month extensions, for a total of 33 months.