Program DescriptionFamilies First is Tennessee's welfare reform plan that replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. The temporary cash assistance program emphasizes work, training, and personal responsibility. As part of the Families First program, each participant must agree to follow a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP). Unless a participant is exempt from the work requirement, he/she must also agree to develop, follow, and complete a work plan. The work plan is based on the individual's needs and skills.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Tennessee, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, or pregnant, and you must have an annual household income before taxes of less than $36,425 if two people live in the household; $45,775 if three people live in the household; $55,125 if four people live in the household; $64,475 if five people live in the household; $73,825 if six people live in the household; $83,175 if seven people live in the household; $92,525 if eight people live in the household; and $101,875 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $9,350 for each additional person in the home. Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for this program, please contact the Department of Human Service Adult and Family Services office near you:
Program Contact Information
Please call the Family Assistance Helpline to speak with program representatives: 888-863-6178