The Temporary Assistance (TA) Unit works to provide financial assistance to families and individuals while helping them move toward self- sufficiency and personal responsibility. Recipients of TA receive money for:
Basic living expenses
SNAP benefits (if eligible)
Eligibility for TA is based on the household’s gross income, resources, and household composition. The individuals who are exempt from working or have limitations due to an impairment are expected to participate in work-related activities as determined by the treating physician and/or therapist, which will help the individual to move towards self-sufficiency such as: rehabilitation, individual therapy, physical therapy, etc.
There are two emergency cash assistance programs available:
Emergency Aid For Families (EAF)
Provides emergency assistance to households with a dependent child who are ineligible to receive on-going TA benefits. The household must meet an income and resource test.
Emergency Aid to Adults (EAA)
Provides emergency assistance to adults in receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
In order to receive TA, adult individuals must engage in employment and/or assigned work related activities. The Employment Unit works with Temporary Assistance recipients in an effort to help them prepare for and seek employment. The services provided can take the form of referrals, child care, transportation, and other supportive services, in an effort to enable these individuals to become self-sufficient. More information about searching for employment can be found at the Cortland Works Career Center, 99 Main Street, Cortland or at http://www.cortland-co.org/152/Cortland-Works-Career-Center
The www.mybenefits.ny.gov website offers screening tools for eligibility for Temporary Assistance and other programs.