Louisiana increases cash benefits program; TANF for families starting January 2022

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana is increasing its cash assistance programs to help families meet their basic essentials; food, shelter, and clothing— through the government program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Families will see new amounts starting January 2022.

The news release states that this is the first time TANF has doubled benefits given to families in 20 years. The new increases also effectively double cash assistance through the federal Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) beginning in January 2022, boosting benefits for some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable families to the national average.

“We know there are many more families who could benefit from the programs, not only for the much-needed cash assistance but also for the valuable workforce development and educational opportunities these programs offer. We hope this increase in benefit amounts will attract more people and encourage them to apply,” said Secretary Marketa Garner Walters of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, which administers the programs.

In November, 1,484 households received FITAP cash assistance and 1,338 households received Kinship Care subsidies. In 2021, the average household benefit amount for FITAP was $207.55 and $420.50 for KCSP, according to the release.

Louisiana’s average TANF cash benefit through FITAP for a three-person household was $240, compared to the national average of $484. The new maximum FITAP benefit will match the national average of $484, as the chart reveals below. For Kinship Care subsidies KCSP, the monthly benefit will increase from $222 to $450 per eligible child.

To apply for TANF cash assistance or Kinship Care benefits or for more information about FITAP and KCSP, visit http://www.dcfs.la.gov/cash-assistance. The public can also apply by visiting their local Department of Children and Family Services office.

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