Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2009

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2009

4403-2000 - TAFDC Grant Payments




Account Description FY2008
GAA
FY2009
House 2
4403-2000 TAFDC Grant Payments
For the operation of a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, benefits under the 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 2008 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 in this item; 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 subsection (e) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 shall be 2.75 per cent below the payment standard, under the state plan required under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance shall notify all teen parents receiving benefits from the programs of the requirements in clause (2) of subsection (i) of 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 2008; provided further, that the children's clothing allowance shall be included in the standard of need for the month of September 2008; provided further, that benefits under this program shall not be available to those families in which a child has been removed from the household under 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 that department's procedures; provided further, that notwithstanding 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 these payments are to be made or within the 3 month period following the month of payment, and who, if the 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; 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 this loss; provided further, that the department shall review and revise its disability standards to reflect current medical and vocational criteria; provided further, that the department may provide state-funded transitional benefits alternative payments to those recipients ineligible for these payments through the federal food stamp program because assistance under this item was paid by a solely state-funded program; and provided further, that the department may reimburse the United States Department of Agriculture for such transitional benefit alternative payments made in fiscal year 2009
274,470,212 291,442,465

Increased funding to meet projected need.

 
 
Earmarks

EARMARK DESCRIPTION

City / Town
FY09
House 2
Transportation Assistance Program operated by the Travelers Aid Society of Boston Boston418,074
LIFT Statewide150,000


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