TANF Time Limit Rules: Extensions

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III. Extensions to the 60-month time limit:

You may be able to get additional months of TANF after you reach your 60-month time limit if you qualify for a “hardship” extension. DHHS will decide if you can get an extension when you are about to reach your 60-month time limit. In most cases an extension will last for as long as you meet the requirements for it.

For example, if you get an extension because of a medical condition the extension should continue for as long as you have that condition. Your first extension will be for up to six months. After that you will have to renew your extension every six months by showing that you still qualify for an extension.

“Hardships” include:

  • Domestic violence

  • Disability

  • Caring for a disabled family member

  • Participating in an approved education or training program

  • Certain working families

  • Pregnancy

  • Loss of a job

  • Certain emergency situations

A family may be able to get an extension in more than one category. For example, you may currently qualify for an extension because of a domestic violence situation. If you resolve the domestic violence problem and then get a job for 35 hours a week but don’t earn enough to leave TANF, you can apply for a new extension in the “working families” category.

Families may qualify for an extension at any time after reaching 60 months. Even if you do not qualify for an extension when you reach your 60th month, you may still qualify for certain extensions at any time in the future. For example, if you reached your 60th month and lost your TANF in June 2012 but then become disabled in March 2014 you may be able to get a TANF extension at that time.

June 2012