Strength – The governor, Wanda Vázquez, and the secretary of the Department of the Family (DF), Orlando López, together with the administrator of the Administration of Socioeconomic Development of the Family (ADSEF), Alberto Fradera, reported that on Thursday, 3,586 families with Minors assisted by the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program will receive $ 500 assistance for each minor, totaling $ 2.8 million in benefits.
Over 5,600 minors will receive assistance through the Unique Card for school effects and services.
“We continue working to be able to assist our students so that they can receive the bread of distance learning and, like the students of the schools of the Department of Education, the children of school age eligible and active in the TANF program as of October receive this help ”, indicated the governor in written communication.
López explained that: “The assistance is aimed at families in category C of TANF who are single parents and have the lowest income in our programs. This aid complements that received through the Department of Education and assists them in the purchase of any school supplies, be it the acquisition of furniture such as desks, books, Internet service, hearing aids and other necessary accessories for distance education.
Payments are received tomorrow, Thursday, October 22, 2020, through the Unique Card, so participants do not have to carry out any procedure with the agency.
For his part, the ADSEF administrator pointed out that: “With this assistance we continue to eliminate barriers to populations with limited resources, who have multiple challenges to receive education services in this new model. Among these families where there is a lack of a father who have no income or income that is below 150 poverty ”.
According to Fradera, of these 3,596 families that receive the benefit of $ 500 per child, there are 55 percent with more than one minor in the household.
“This assistance will allow them to prepare an area for minors to study at home with everything they need at their fingertips. Starting today they have more resources to attend to their basic needs that they have to redirect to school needs, ”added Fradera.
Benefits in the five TANF Program categories increased this year, a review that has not been done for more than 20 years.
In addition, families with minors in the program also received additional assistance for the pandemic for six months of the year.
The new benefit levels were approved by the federal government after the State Plan for the TANF program administered by ADSEF in consultation with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) was amended.
Fradera indicated that the benefits of the TANF program are available to every eligible family and can be requested through the online services portal of the Government of Puerto Rico, accessing www.pr.gov (http://www.pr.gov/ ), on the TANF Eligibility Request button.
“It is our commitment to continue looking for alternatives, not only for benefits, but also for opportunities for those of productive ages to move towards self-sufficiency, while protecting and supporting those who, due to their age or conditions, do not have the resources to seek their well-being, ”he said.
The TANF program makes annual disbursements in excess of $ 50 million to 43,073 eligible participating families. These participants are evaluated in five categories: A (Aged), B (Blind), Category C (Children), D (Disable), G (General) and T (Tutor). Due to their low income, these families are also eligible for the Nutrition Assistance Program (PAN).
Participants and applicants who need more information can write to the email [email protected], where agency staff will answer their questions.