PM 14-02-01-a

When 3 generations of a family live together, combine the cases into one case if the minor caretaker:

  • has never been married, and
  • is eligible as a dependent child, and
  • is living with blood-related or adopted siblings who receive TANF Cash, and
  • the minor's child does not have 2 parents in the home or the separate case with the minor's child and both parents is not eligible for cash due to incometext deleted.

If the minor caretaker's child receives cash, the child must be in the same case as the minor caretaker. A minor mother living with her child and/or minor siblings receiving TANF must be included in the same case.

Example 1: A woman applies for TANF Cash for her grandson. Also living in the home is the child's 16 year old mother. The child's 16 year old mother must be included in the application for the child. Therefore, the grandmother can either apply for herself, her daughter, and the grandson (using her incometext deleted) or the 16 year old can apply as a minor payee for herself and her child (the 16 year old's mother's parental liability must be determined and budgeted).

Example 2: An unmarried, pregnant 16 year old is receiving TANF pregnant woman cash benefits and lives with her 30 year old sister. She moves back in with her mother and 2 brothers who are receiving TANF Cash.

The 16 year old must be included in the case with her brothers as she is eligible as a dependent child. Her pregnant woman case is canceled.

NOTE: If the 16 year old's brothers had not been receiving TANF Cash or if she were married, she could continue to receive TANF Cash in a pregnant woman only case. Her mother's parental liability must be determined and budgeted against the case.

Example 3: An unmarried, pregnant 16 year old lives with her aunt and is receiving TANF pregnant woman cash benefits. She moves in with her 2 sisters ages 9 and 12 who are receiving TANF Cash with their grandmother.

The 16 year old must be included in the TANF RPY case with her sisters as she is eligible as a dependent child. Her pregnant woman case is canceled.

Example 4: An unmarried 17 year old mother and her child live alone and receive TANF Cash. The 17 year old and her child move back in with her mother who receives SSI and SSA, and her brother who receives TANF Cash with their mother as RPY.

The 17 year old and her child must be included in the TANF RPY case with her brother because she is eligible as a dependent child. The 17 year old's TANF case is canceled. The children's mother is not included because she receives SSI.

Example 5: A 17 year old married mother and her child live alone. She is separated from her spouse. The 17 year old and her child move in with her mother and sister who are receiving TANF Cash.

The 17 year old and her child are not included in the mother's case with the sister because the 17 year old is married. They remain eligible in separate cases.