Center For Independent Living

Center For Independent Living

(954) 722-6400

4800 N. State Road 7 Suite 102-f
Ft Lauderdale, FL - 33319


This is for TANF for the Current Client Population

Monday - Friday
Hours of Operation:
 8:30 - 5:00

Services:
Provides informational handouts
 Provides paper applications as requested
 Provides access to telephones to call DCF Customer Call Center 1-866-762-2237
 Provides computer to make application on-line
 Provides printer for ACCESS documents
 Fax machine to fax documents to DCF
 Copy machine to copy application related documents
 Ability to explain application process
 Assist customers with submitting application
 Ability to assist customers with completing the Webapp

This is a local community partner agencies that helps the DCF provide access to public assistance services.

This partner can provide assistance with the completion of their ACCESS application. They may also provide the customer assistance with the submission of verification to the ACCESS office, and/or provide the customer with general information regarding the application process. The site has the choice to provide other services such as access to a fax, phone, or copy machine. We list the site details above.

Families Receiving Assistance

Florida law creates four categories of families who may be eligible for TANF cash assistance. While many of the basic eligibility requirements apply to all of these categories, there are some distinctions between the categories in terms of requirements and restrictions: Child Only Families.

These families include situations where the child is living with a relative or situations where a custodial parent is not eligible to be included in the eligibility group. In the majority of situations, the child is living with a grandparent or other relative. Child-only families also include situations where a parent is receiving federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and situations where the parent is not a U.S. citizen and is ineligible due to their immigration status. Grandparents or other relatives receiving child-only payments are not subject to the TANF work requirement or the TANF time limit.

Relative Caregiver Program.

The Relative Caregiver program is a specialized program for child-only families where the child has been adjudicated dependent due to abuse or neglect and has been placed with a grandparent or other relative by the court. These relatives are eligible for a payment that is higher than the typical child-only payment, but less than the payment for licensed foster care. A s with other child-only families, grandparents or relatives receiving Relative Caregiver payments are not subject to the TANF work requirements or time limits.

Single Family Parents with Children

Parents with children can receive cash assistance for the parent and the children. These parents are subject to all of the financial and non financial requirements described below including the work requirements and time limits. Single parents with a child under age six meet the participation rate with 20 hours of work participation per week.

Two Parent Families with Children

Two Parent Families with children are eligible on the same basis as single parent families except the work requirement for two parent families includes a higher number of hours of participation per week (35 hours or 55 hours if child care is subsidized) than required for single parent families(30 hours).
The Department of Children and Families, Economic Self Sufficiency Program has several programs that can help Florida families. They include, Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance, Medicaid and Refugee Assistance. Each of these programs has its own eligibility rules, but you may apply for any (or all) of these programs at one time using the same application.

How do I apply?
The quickest way is from any computer with an internet connection at: http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida
At one of the Department of Children and Families community partners. A listing of community partners can be found online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/access/CPSLookup/search.aspx
At a Department of Children and Families customer service center. A listing of Customer Service Centers can be found online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/map.shtml
Complete a paper application by downloading and printing from this site: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/agencyforms.shtml. The completed paper application can be mailed to ACCESS Central Mail Center, P.O. Box 1770, Ocala, FL, 34478-1770, or it can be faxed or hand-delivered to a customer service center
The Department of Children and Families, Economic Self Sufficiency Program has several programs that can help Florida families. They include, Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance, Medicaid and Refugee Assistance. Each of these programs has its own eligibility rules, but you may apply for any (or all) of these programs at one time using the same application.

You just submitted your application. What happens next?
It may take up to 30 days to process your application (longer if you need a disability determination). If you sign up for email notification in your MyACCESS Account you will receive an email alert when we update your application status. If you are not able to go online, we will send your notices by mail.
Please allow 5 days before you contact us with questions.
STEP 1: Your application is reviewed to see if you need an interview.
If you need an interview:
We will call you within 5 days at the phone number you provided. If we can’t reach you we will leave a message and send a notice with our contact information.
During your interview, we will ask questions about your household situation.
You may also be asked questions to help us verify your identity.
STEP 2: You may need to provide additional information.
We will give or send a notice to you showing what is needed.
The notice will give you a deadline to provide the required information. Some examples are:
Proof of identity, citizenship, and noncitizen status.
Proof of earned and unearned income for each household member (such as last four weeks of check stubs, child support, notices from Social Security or Veteran’s Administration)
You can mail, fax, upload your documents to MyACCESS Account, or turn in information at a local office or community partner. Please write your ACCESS # or case #, name, date of birth, phone number, etc., on all of the information you give us.
Allow 3 days for your MyACCESS Account to show the information was received.
STEP 3: Your information is received and your application is being processed.
Your needs are important and we want to ensure every family receives the correct benefit, but it may still take up to 30 days to finish your application (longer if you need a disability determination).
STEP 4: Your eligibility is determined.
If you are eligible for:
Food Assistance or Cash Assistance: You will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card by mail within a few days.
If you do not receive your EBT card within 7 days, or you need help with your card, contact EBT Customer Service: 1-888-356-3281.
We will only reissue an EBT card if you request it by calling EBT Customer Service.

Florida EBT Card Restrictions

You cannot purchase the following items with your EBT Card: alcohol, gambling, adult venues, parimutuel gaming casinos.

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