(1) The Department determines financial
eligibility by comparing the income, assets and needs of standard filing unit
members to the eligibility/payment standard applicable to the assistance group
as in Section 414.095(12), F.S. Assistance group members are always members of
the standard filing unit and their income, assets and needs are counted. The
income and assets of standard filing unit members who are not part of the
assistance group are counted, but their needs are not.
For Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), the
following individuals are included in the assistance group:
The minor child(ren) for whom assistance
is requested, provided they meet all non-financial state and federal Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families TCA eligibility criteria pursuant to
, Part A, Section 401(a)(1) and Section
408(a)(1)(A)(i), 45 C.F.R. § 233.10
, 45 C.F.R. § 233.90(c)(1)(v)(A)
45 C.F.R § 233.107
, and Sections 414.095(2) and (14), F.S. The term "in a
setting approved by the Department" set forth in Section 414.095 (2)(a)4.,
F.S., means a Department-approved adult-supervised supportive living
arrangement for an unwed minor child and their dependent child(ren) pursuant to
45 C.F.R. § 233.107
and Section 414.095(14), F.S.
(b) The parent(s), provided the parent meets
all non-financial TCA eligibility criteria.
(c) All minor siblings (including
half-brothers and half-sisters) living with the child for whom assistance is
requested or if not living with such child, all minor siblings who are
determined to be temporarily absent from the home by the Department, provided
the siblings meet all TCA non-financial eligibility criteria.
The following individuals are
included in the standard filing unit. However, their needs are not counted, and
they are not included in the assistance group.
The parent(s) who is not eligible to be
included in the assistance group due to non-financial reasons, but who is
living in the home with the child, or if not living with such child, is deemed
to be temporarily absent by the Department.
The individual must be considered a resident of Florida.
Individuals who are in Florida temporarily may be considered residents of the
state on a case-by-case basis, if they indicate an intent to reside in Florida
and can verify that they are residing in Florida.
A 16-18 year old who is not in school and
who refuses to participate in the TCA employment and training program, unless
good cause exists for non-participation in the employment and training program
or school prescribed in Rule
For TCA, the
following individuals shall be included in the assistance group, at the option
of the parent or specified relative:
Stepbrothers, stepsisters or other children in the home who meet all TCA
Specified or caretaker relatives other than the parent under the following
1. The mother or legal father does
not live in the home;
specified or caretaker relative lives in the home with the child and is the
child's primary caretaker; and
The specified or caretaker relative meets all eligibility criteria.
(c) The child of a non IV-E foster
care minor parent whose child(ren) has not been adjudicated dependent and whose
needs are not included in the foster care board payment.
For TCA, the following individuals cannot
be included in the assistance group or standard filing unit:
(a) Individuals receiving Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) benefits;
Individuals receiving Optional State Supplementation;
(c) Individuals covered under the
Institutional Care Program;
Individuals who are receiving assistance under the Refugee Assistance Program
or the Cuban/Haitian Entrant Program;
(e) Essential persons for SSI
(f) Non-parent caretaker
relatives who would otherwise be included in the assistance group except that
they are on strike.
When a parent or caretaker relative whose needs are counted is on strike, the
entire assistance group is ineligible TCA.
(7) The needs of an unwed minor parent who
resides with their parent, and the needs of the minor parent's child will be
included in the same benefit, unless the minor parent also qualifies as an
eligible dependent child in their parent's benefit. If a minor parent's child
is included in the grandparent's benefit then the needs of the minor parent
must also be included in the same benefit. If a minor parent is included in the
parent's benefit, the minor parent will not receive a separate benefit for the
minor parent's child.
(8) The needs
of an unwed minor parent and the unwed minor parent's child who reside with a
specified relative (not the parent) must be included in the same benefit,
unless the relative receives assistance for one or more siblings of the unwed
minor parent. When the needs of the siblings of an unwed minor parent are
included in the specified relative's benefit, the needs of the unwed minor
parent must be included in the relative's benefit. If the needs of the minor
parent are included in the specified caretaker relative's benefit, the minor
parent will not receive a separate benefit for their child. Their child's needs
will be included in the specified caretaker relative's benefit.
(9) When a recipient leaves one assistance
group and becomes a member of another assistance group, the needs of the
individual shall be included in the new assistance group beginning with the
first full month the individual resided with the new assistance group if
eligible on all other factors. If this would result in duplicate assistance,
the individual's needs must be removed from the former assistance group and a
referral must be made to Benefit Recovery on the former assistance
A relative caregiver
may self-refer, or be referred, to the Relative Caregiver Program using CF-ES
2305, Relative Caregiver Program Request for Eligibility Consideration,
10/2005, incorporated by reference, or by using the ACCESS Florida Web
Application (only accepted electronically), CF-ES 2353, 09/2011, incorporated
by reference in Rule
F.A.C., or the ACCESS Florida Application, CF-ES 2337, 11/2011, incorporated by
reference in Rule
(11) Copies of the CF-ES
2305 and the CF-ES 2337 are available from the ACCESS Florida Headquarters
Office, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700, or on the
Department's web site at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/dcfforms/
Search/DCFFormSearch.aspx. The CF-ES 2353 is available on the Department's web
site at http://www.myflorida.com/access florida/.