The purpose of the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) program is to test and evaluate ways of creating employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. The program also aids other low-income individuals through self-employment, micro-enterprise, new business ventures, expansion of existing businesses through technical and financial assistance and non-traditional employment initiatives that lead to their economic self-sufficiency.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you, your spouse, parents or children must receive or be eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or your household's annual income before taxes must be less than $10,830 if one person lives in the household; less than $14,570 if two people live in the household; less than $18,310 if three people live in the household; less than $22,050 if four people live in the household; less than $25,790 if five people live in the household; less than $29,530 if six people live in the household; less than $33,270 if seven people live in the household; and less than $37,010 if eight people live in the household. Add $3,470 for each additional person living in the household.
Please note that these numbers are for contiguous U.S. states only; visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/2009-hhs-poverty-guidelines for information on Alaska and Hawaii.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply, click here to view a list of JOLI programs operating across the country. If there are any programs located close to you, contact them to ask how to apply.
Program Contact Information
Division of Community
Discretionary Programs, OCS, ACF, DHHS
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20447