TANF DENIALS IN TEXAS

A determination on benefits including Texas TANF application denied decision notices will be issued to petitioners within 45 days of a benefit request. Decisions can sometimes be issued after 45 days when there is missing information that is expected to be received after the 45th day or a disability needs to be verified. To avoid having TANF benefits denied, petitioners will need to attend a face-to-face interview and submit valid proof to verify eligibility. During the interview, case managers will be able to go over the application and answer any questions applicants may have. Case managers can also inform petitioners on other benefit programs that are available to them. Texas SNAP and TANF benefits both require interviews and can be conducted in one sitting using the same application. After the interview, TANF application denied or approved notices will be issued if no pending documents need to be submitted for further verification.

  • Denial of Texas TANF
  • Re-opening of Texas TANF Benefits
  • Texas TANF Termination

Denial of Texas TANF 

Adults may have Texas TANF benefits denied when they have received over 60 months of TANF benefits in another state and do not meet extension criteria. Children in the home who meet TANF eligibility requirements will continue receiving benefits. An incomplete application will not have TANF benefits denied, which can be caused by verification issues, failure to attend an interview or a missing signature on an application. Texas may deny TANF benefits when the applicant is receiving other cash benefits like Social Security income, Child Welfare payments and other forms of TANF. 

Texas TANF benefits petitioners wonder what to do when TANF is denied and if it possible to get a redetermination on the case. When TANF application denied, petitioners can re-sign an updated application and establish a new file date. This will allow case managers to review the application again and re-determine eligibility. Sometimes a petitioner will not be eligible one month but can potentially be eligible the next month. Each case is different and should be individually discussed with the case manager before applying for a redetermination.

Re-opening of Texas TANF Benefits

After TANF benefits have been closed, beneficiaries can re-open the case if it has been disqualified after closure. There are requirements which need to be met before re-opening a case. The case can be re-opened within the last three months of receiving a disqualification, active disqualification happened at time of closure, the adult is still living in the household on the original application and at minimum a day has passed from the end of TANF benefits.

Typically, beneficiaries who have not had TANF benefits denied will have a redetermination every 12 months. However, beneficiaries who take part in a JOBS plan will have a redetermination every six months. Texas health and Human Services Commission may seek a redetermination when eligibility factors have changed on the case and may cause TANF benefits to be reduced or terminated. 

Texas TANF Termination

Texas TANF petitioners can withdraw an application at any time prior to eligibility determination and will then receive a TANF application denied decision notice. Benefits can be terminated when beneficiaries no longer meet eligibility requirements such as finding a job which places the financial income above what is necessary for the TANF program. Adults who are work eligible may have TANF benefits denied, reduced or terminated when not participating in weekly work activities. After beginning employment and still being eligible for TANF benefits, petitioners cannot voluntarily quit or reduce work hours.  Beneficiaries may not only have TANF benefits denied or reduced but will also face a penalty which can last from one to six months due to not meeting employment requirements. Children who are not regularly vaccinated and are not attending school will not be in compliance with TANF stipulations. An applicant may have the Texas TANF application denied due to his or her household having transferred a resource within three months before applying for TANF assistance. 

Texas TANF beneficiaries may have benefits denied or terminated when not complying with the Personal Responsibility Agreement (PRA). Some requirements of this program require parents to have no criminal alcohol or drug convictions, follow child support guidelines and attend parenting classes. Failure to comply will result in TANF benefits denied, as well as failure to sign the PRA. Grandparent and one-time TANF benefits have slightly different requirements as they are not monthly cash allowances. Grandparent TANF benefits can be denied or terminated when the household income exceeds the allotted amount, the relationship requirement is not eligible or if the household has previously received a one-time grandparent payment.


What are benefits for Texas residents?

The State of Texas offers a wide array of benefits and services to the residents of Texas at home and abroad. These benefits include health care, housing assistance, unemployment assistance and a variety of programs for families to assist with food and health expense. Many individuals and families qualify for several of these programs. Complete the survey and download our guide to find helpful information on all of Texas Benefits along with details about eligibility and instructions for how to apply here.


Who is eligible for Texas benefits?

The State of Texas extends benefits to those who qualify. Families, individuals who have lost their job, persons with disabilities and elderly residents are usually those who will benefit the most from Texas's social welfare programs. For a comprehensive list of the requirements for each of Texas' programs please complete the survey and download our guide.



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