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Get the Facts 8-1

8. How long can I get cash assistance?

TImE LImITS

ImPOrTANT You are only allowed to receive TANF cash assistance
as an adult for a total of 60 months (5 years) in your lifetime. After an
adult member of your family has received cash assistance for 60 months,
your whole family will not be eligible for tAnF cash assistance.

Each month that you receive TANF cash assistance will count toward
your 60-month limit. Months counted do not have to be in a row. Even
months that you may have received tAnF cash assistance in another
state count toward your lifetime limit. Months that you got a grant
before July 1997 do not count. idHS often calls your 60-month time limit
your TANF counter or clock.


ImPOrTANT There are some times when months you get a cash
grant do not count toward your 60-month limit. There are some
reasons why your TANF counter might go past 60 months. these
exceptions to the rule are described below.

months the TANF Counter Stops

Months that you receive cash assistance will not count toward the 60
month limit when:

• You are working at a paid job for an average of 30 hours each week or
more.

• You attend college full-time to get a degree, and you keep at least a
2.5 grade point average (36-month limit).

• You received cash assistance before you turned 18 years old.
• Your cash grant is $0 due to a sanction (see Question 14) or for any

other reason.
• You care full-time for a child or spouse with a medical condition (see

Question 11).
• You have a severely disabled child that has been approved for an

idHS Home and Community-Based Care waiver (see Question 11).
• You are eligible for the domestic Violence Exclusion (see Question 18).

60 month Exceptions

You may be able to get a cash grant for extra time. this is called
a 60-month exception. You will not be considered for a 60-month
exception until your tAnF counter reaches month 57 or later. You may
also be considered for a 60-month exception if you stopped getting
cash assistance because you reached your 60-month limit. You may be
approved for an exception if:

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• You have applied for Supplemental Security income (SSi) and idHS
believes you will get SSi.

• You have a medical condition that you can prove prevents you from
working full-time.

• You or a member of your family are receiving services through a
program that prevents you from working full-time (like services from
the illinois department of Children and Family Services; domestic
violence and homeless services; and mental health, substance abuse,
and vocational rehab programs).

• You are in an idHS approved education or training program you will
finish within 6 months after your tAnF counter runs out.

• You care full-time for a child or spouse with a medical condition (see
Question 11).

• You have a severely disabled child that has been approved for an
idHS Home and Community-based Care waiver (see Question 11).

• You are eligible for the domestic Violence Exclusion (see Question 18).

to ask for a 60-month exception, you must �ll out a special IDHS
60 Month Exception Request form. You can get this form from your
local office. A copy of this form is in the back of this booklet. Try to
complete your exception request form 45 days before your 60th cash
payment so that your TANF case is not cancelled. idHS can take up to
45 days to consider your request.

if you are given a 60-month exception, idHS will tell you how long you
can get a tAnF cash grant. Your situation will be reviewed again after
this time passes. When the reason for your exception to the time limit
no longer exists, you will be given a �nal three month extension of
your cash grant.

ImPOrTANT if idHS does not allow you an exception and you
think this is wrong according to the rules, you can file an appeal (see
Question 6).

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the Chicago Jobs Council is grateful for
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generously provided by the Chicago
Community trust, Polk Bros Foundation,
and the Woods Fund of Chicago.

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