Public Benefits | Financial Assistance | Support

 

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Public Benefits / Financial Assistance

 

Public Benefits

A monthly cash grant (for children and their parents or relatives who are living with them) that is linked to the parent’s or relative’s participation in work activities and cooperation with program requirements.

Good Cause, also called the Family Violence Option, exists to exempt survivors from certain requirements, such as working and applying for child support, if doing so would place the participant or child in danger. If a TANF participant needs a waiver from the child support requirement, they should inform their Texas Works Advisor at the local Health and Human Services Commission benefits granting office.

More information about good cause from child support can be found at: www.getchildsupportsafely.org.

If they need a waiver from the work requirements, they should inform their caseworker at the local workforce office.

A one-time cash payment of $1000 for families in crisis. 

An assistance to help low-income individuals, families and elderly people purchase food, formerly referred to as Food Stamps. Family violence is a basis for Good Cause from Employment and Training (E & T) requirements. In order to receive a good cause waiver for family violence from E & T requirements, a SNAP participant will need to contact the Texas Workforce Center and let their case manager know that they are a victim of family violence and request Good Cause.

Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) is available to innocent victims of crimes involving “criminally injurious conduct” who suffer physical or emotional harm as a result of the crime. In most cases, the applicant must report the crime in a reasonable amount of time and file a CVC application within three years of the date of the crime.

Crime Victims’ Compensation may cover expenses including:

Utility Waivers of Deposit

Parents may apply to receive child support through the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) or a survivor may request child support through a protective order. The OAG will establish paternity, financial and medical support, and access and visitation of the child (ren). The Attorney General also offers parent locator services.

If a survivor is concerned for their safety, they should ask for their case to be “flagged” with the Family Violence Indicator (FVI). The FVI ensures that a survivor’s address is kept confidential throughout the application process and routes her case to court.

For more information about safely participating in the OAG Child Support Program, go to: www.getchildsupportsafely.org.

To apply for child support services, individuals may go online to www.oag.state.tx.us, go to a local child support office or request an application be mailed by calling 1-800-252-8014. Applications submitted online will be processed much faster. 

 

 

Child Support

 

 

Parents may apply to receive child support through the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) or a survivor may request child support through a protective order. The OAG will establish paternity, financial and medical support, and access and visitation of the child (ren). The Attorney General also offers parent locator services.

If a survivor is concerned for their safety, they should ask for their case to be “flagged” with the Family Violence Indicator (FVI). The FVI ensures that a survivor’s address is kept confidential throughout the application process and routes her case to court.

For more information about safely participating in the OAG Child Support Program, go to: www.getchildsupportsafely.org.

To apply for child support services, individuals may go online to www.oag.state.tx.us, go to a local child support office or request an application be mailed by calling 1-800-252-8014. Applications submitted online will be processed much faster. 

 

Protective Orders

 

 

 

Child Care & Education Access

 

 

 

Health Care

 

 

 

Divorce, Spousal Maintenance & Support

 

 

 

Crime Victims Compensation

 

Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) is available to innocent victims of crimes involving “criminally injurious conduct” who suffer physical or emotional harm as a result of the crime. In most cases, the applicant must report the crime in a reasonable amount of time and file a CVC application within three years of the date of the crime.

Crime Victims’ Compensation may cover expenses including:

 

 

Utility Deposit Waivers

 

Utility Deposit Waivers

 

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