Florida Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Updated June 28, 2019

Florida’s Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) program is designed to provide temporary financial assistance to eligible families with children under age 18.

Pregnant women in their third trimester may also be eligible to receive TCA if unable to work. Otherwise, TCA eligibility is available in the 9th month of pregnancy.

Florida requires all work-eligible TCA participants, as a condition of eligibility, to register for work or participate in work related activities through Welfare Transition Program.

Through an array of support services and programs, WTP helps families “transition from welfare to work” by emphasizing self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

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FAQ

  • How can I get cash assistance in Florida?

    Application for cash assistance can be made online through ACCESS Florida — the self-service web-based application managed by the state of Florida.

    Once your application is received, you will be contacted for an eligibility interview, usually within 5 days.

    To check the status of your application, call
    1-866-762-2237

  • How much do you get for TANF in Florida?

    For a family of three in Florida, the current TCA payment is $303 a month and it’s limited to no more than 48 months.1

  • Can I get paid if I take care of a family member in Florida?

    Yes. In Florida, the Relative Caregiver Program provides monthly cash assistance to grandparents or relatives who have legal custody of a child under age 18.

    The current payments are as follow:

    • $242 monthly for a child from birth through age 5,
    • $249 monthly for a child age 6 through age 12, and
    • $298 monthly for a child age 13 to age 18.

    As with other child-only TANF, grandparents or relatives are not subject to the TANF work requirements or time limits.

If you need short-term help rather than long-term ongoing cash assistance, you may request for assistance through the Up-front Diversion program.

Up-front “cash” diversion is a one-time payment of up to $1000 to help families facing an unexpected emergency in lieu of ongoing TCA payments.

References
  1. An exception is made in cases of severe hardship, or if a family member has a medically verifiable disability.
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