FAA1.A Background and Introduction : 10 Programs Administered by FAA - Overview : A Programs Administered by FAA - Cash Assistance (CA) - Overview
Programs Administered by FAA - Cash Assistance (CA) - Overview
(01/01/21 – 12/31/21)
FAA is responsible for determining state CA eligibility and eligibility for some Tribal TANF Programs. Policy and procedures outlined in the Tribal TANF Programs should be used to determine what actions must be taken for individuals living in a Tribal Service Delivery Area (SDA).
Deprivation for the dependent child is the primary eligibility factor for CA. When the dependent child is deprived of parental care or support, the mandatory CA participants with whom the child resides, may be eligible to receive CA.
The purpose of the CA program is to provide temporary cash assistance and supportive services to eligible participants included in the following groups:
Single parents or caretaker relatives with dependent children under age 19 who are in their care
Two parent budgetary units (See Two-Parent Employment Program)
Parents of a child who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Nonparent caretaker relatives when a dependent child is placed in their custody (See CA Foster Care (FC))
When CA participants have the potential to become self-supporting with a onetime payment, Grant Diversion (GD) must be offered as an option. All CA applications must be screened for potential GD eligibility. To screen for GD eligibility, use the Grant Diversion Screening Guide (FAA-1579A) form during the priors and place the form in the case file(g).
When the participant accepts or declines the GD option, one of the following must be completed, signed and retained in the case file:
Grant Diversion Script and Applicant agreement (FAA-1410A) form
GD Applicant Agreement and Script (A029) notice
OnBase DBME Grant Diversion Unity form when the voice signature option is available
The amount of CA or GD benefit that may be received is based on Federal Poverty Level (FPL) income standards.
CA benefits are accessed through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) process. EBT cards can be used as follows:
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to withdraw cash
At a retailer’s Point of Sale (POS) device to make purchases or request cash back
Authorized online vendors to make purchases (See FAA Pilot Programs(g))
EBT cards cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets or to withdraw money from ATM or POS devices at the following locations:
Liquor stores
Horse or dog racing facilities
Medical marijuana dispensaries
Adult entertainment establishment