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Information current as of May 7, 2013.
Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs. The goal of FITAP is to decrease the long-term dependency on welfare assistance by promoting job preparation and work. Public assistance is no longer a lifetime benefit but an opportunity to become independent after a financial crisis.
The graph shows how much assistance a family receives based on family size.
Number of Persons
FITAP Flat Grant Amounts
The average family consists of a mother and two children. The average grant in Louisiana is $200 per month
Do I Qualify for FITAP?
To be eligible for FITAP, the family must meet all the conditions listed below:
Residence - the client must be living in the state, must intend to make a home here and the stay cannot be temporary.
Citizenship - the client must be either a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
Need - a family must be considered financially needy to be eligible. It is not necessary that a parent be incapacitated, absent or unemployed.
Enumeration - all applicants or recipients must provide or apply for a Social Security number for each member of the assistance unit.
Age - children must be under the age of 18 to be eligible or in school and able to complete the course of study or obtain a GED by the 19th birthday.
Relationship - in order to receive FITAP assistance for a child, an individual must be a qualified relative by meeting certain relationship requirements, i.e., must be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Home - it must be verified that the child actually lives in the same home with the qualified relative.
Support Enforcement Services - the client must assign any child support and medical support rights to the state, and must cooperate with the agency's Support Enforcement Services in establishing paternity and obtaining child support and medical support from the absent parent(s), unless good cause has been established.
STEP - work eligible applicants and recipients are required to participate in the STEP Program.
Income - monthly countable income, both earned and unearned, cannot exceed the flat grant amount for the number of persons in the assistance unit. Total countable income is subtracted from the flat grant amount to determine the client's grant amount. The allowable earned income deductions are:
Standard earned income deduction of $120 for each employed member.
Time limited deduction of $900 for six months for each employed member.
Immunization - sufficient evidence of immunity or immunization against vaccine preventable diseases according to the Office of Public Health schedule, or evidence that such an immunization program is in progress, must be provided for each recipient under the age of 18.
Parenting Skills Training - each applicant/recipient who is pregnant or has a child under the age one must attend parenting skills training.
Time Limits - the family is ineligible to receive assistance if a parent or either parent in a two-parent family has received benefits for 24 of the prior 60 months. There is a 60 month lifetime limit if the assistance unit includes a parent/caretaker relative.
Minor parent restriction - minor unmarried parents and their children must reside in the home of a parent, legal guardian, other adult relative or in an adult-supervised living arrangement in order to qualify for assistance.
Drug screening - Applicants/recipients age 18 and over must cooperate in screening for the use of illegal drugs, and, if necessary, drug testing, education and rehabilitation.