Public Financial Assistance Services are provided to individuals and families to assist with basic needs of daily living. Each program has different eligibility criteria and most are mandated and/or funded with state and federal funds, although some private organizations also provide limited funding to assist community members through our Department. Some of our programs are available on a yearly basis, while others are provided as one time assistance to alleviate a crisis situation. Services that we provide include:
The Medicaid program assists individuals with the cost of medical care and other related costs. Adult Medicaid programs provide medical insurance, financial assistance for residential care and in some cases assistance to avoid residential care. Adult recipients of Medicaid may include nursing home residents, assisted living residents, adults with disabilities, elderly individuals, and individuals in specialized programs such as Community Alternative Programs and Special Assistance In-Home. Eligibility for Medicaid is based on income and resource guidelines.
Family and Children’s Medicaid
Medicaid programs for families and children assist with the cost of medical care and other related expenses. Recipients of Family and Children’s Medicaid programs may include pregnant women, infants and minor children, foster and adopted children as well as Work First families. Eligibility for Medicaid is based on income guidelines.
This service is available to Medicaid recipients to provide gas vouchers or transportation to Medicaid reimbursable appointments. This service is only used as a last resort.
The Work First Program is a statewide program aimed at helping eligible families find and maintain full time employment. The receipt of limited funds is available to families while they seek and obtain employment as well as other supportive services such as child care assistance, transportation to employment and job readiness training. All recipients of Work First cash assistance are also participants in Work First Employment activities. Some applicants may be eligible to receive a one-time cash payment instead of receiving ongoing cash assistance. This is called Work First Benefit Diversion.
Food and Nutrition Services (formerly known as food stamps)
Food and nutrition services assist eligible households with the purchase of food. A household may consist of an individual person or multiple families living together in one dwelling. Eligibility for food and nutrition assistance is based on income and reserve guidelines.
TANF Child Only Funds
Occasionally a child cannot remain in his/ her own home for reasons such as safety, loss of a parent or other factors. When a specified relative is caring for a child, limited funding may be available to help care for the child.
Child Care Subsidy
The Child Care Subsidy program distributes state and federal funds in the form of child care vouchers for eligible families. Eligibility is determined according to the family’s situation, household income and composition. Families may receive vouchers to allow them to work, attend school or job training, to support child protective services, to assist in a crisis, or to meet the needs of a developmentally delayed child.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
LIEAP is a heating assistance program that provides once-a-year heating assistance to qualifying low income citizens. The program is initially targeted toward senior citizens and disabled adults. If funds still exist after these populations have received assistance, then remaining funds are distributed to any citizen who meets income guidelines. No cash is distributed to the citizen; rather, services are purchased for the citizen from their heating provider. This could be the electric company, the gas company, fuel oil provider or even a firewood vendor. Applications usually begin around Thanksgiving and end in February of each year.
Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)
CIP provides heating/cooling assistance to elderly, disabled and families with children who are experiencing a life threatening heating/ cooling crisis. The family has to meet eligibility requirements and their net income has to be at or below 150% of the poverty level. There is a maximum benefit of $600 per household per state fiscal year. CIP can be used for oil, gas, deposits, or past due electric bills. These services are provided based on available funds.
Helping Each Member Cope (HEMC)
HEMC has the same eligibility criteria as CIP, except the family has to be a customer of Haywood Electric. Maximum benefit is $600 per year. These services are provided based on available funds.
Community Emergency Assistance (C-EA)
C-EA provides short-term assistance during an immediate crisis to households in which a related child in the home is under the age of 18 (or 19 if he/she is a full time high school student). The program is both limited in allowable reserve and countable gross income at or below 150% of the poverty level. There is a maximum benefit of $300 per household. C-EA can be used to pay utilities, rent, temporary shelter, transportation, and other things deemed an emergency by program guidelines. These services are provided based on available funds.
200% of Poverty Funds
This program provides short-term assistance to families meeting all related requirements. There must be an immediate crisis and a related child under the age of 18 (19 if he/she is a full time high school student). The needed assistance must be job related. The program is both limited in allowable reserve and countable income at 200% of the poverty level. Active Work First Clients are not eligible. 200% of Poverty can be used to pay utilities, rent, temporary shelter, transportation, and other things that may be deemed an emergency by DSS. These services are provided based on available funds.
State Adult Day Care Fund
Certify individuals for financial assistance to enable them to attend the Adult Day programs and monitor the expenditures of the State Adult Day Care Funds.