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Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services

Health and Human Services
     Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services
         Department of Transitional Assistance
Account Description
FY06
GAA
FY07
House 2
 
TAFDC Grant Payments  
   4403-2000   For the operation of a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, benefits under said program shall be paid only to citizens of the United States and to non-citizens for whom federal funds may be used to provide benefits; provided further, that the need standard shall be equal to the standard in effect in fiscal year 2006 unless the department determines that a reduction in the monthly payment standard should be implemented before the end of the fiscal year to keep program expenditures within the amounts appropriated herein; provided further, that the payment standard shall be equal to the need standard; provided further, that the payment standard for families who do not qualify for an exempt category of assistance under the provisions of subsection (e) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 shall be 2.75 per cent below the payment standard, pursuant to the provisions of the state plan required under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; provided further, that the preceding proviso shall not be effective upon the effective date of any related revision to the welfare reform law, so-called; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall notify all teen parents receiving benefits from said programs of the requirements in clause (2) of subsection (i) of said section 110; provided further, that a $40 per month rent allowance shall be paid to all households incurring a rent or mortgage expense and not residing in public housing or subsidized housing; provided further, that a non-recurring children's clothing allowance in the amount of $150 shall be provided to each child eligible under these programs in September 2006; provided further, that benefits under this program shall not be available to those families in which a child has been removed from the household pursuant to a court order after a care and protection hearing on child abuse, nor to adult recipients otherwise eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children but for the temporary removal of the dependent child or children from the home by the department of social services in accordance with said department's procedures; provided further, that notwithstanding the provisions of section 2 of chapter 118 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall render aid to pregnant women with no other eligible dependent children only if it has been medically verified that the child is expected to be born within the month such payments are to be made or within the three-month period following such month of payment, and who, if such child had been born and was living with her in the month of payment, would be categorically and financially eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; and provided further, that certain families that suffer a reduction in benefits due to a loss of earned income and participation in retrospective budgeting may receive a supplemental benefit to compensate them for such loss 312,868,845 291,732,068
 
 
 Reduced funding due to welfare reform.