WAG 03-13-01-a.

Participation Target

The Participation Target reflects the minimum activity compliance expectation for a Work-Eligible case.

When using hours, a case has a Participation Target of 20, 30 or 35 hours.

Hours are not used to determine participation for teen parents whose assignment is to complete their high school education. See PM 03-13-03.

After the minimum weekly 20/30 hour Core requirement is met, we may need to add more hours to reach the weekly 20/30/35 Target. If the Participation Target is the same as the Core Requirement, no additional hours are needed.

Special Participation Target considerations for cases with two Work-Eligible persons:

When a case has two Work-Eligible persons, the Participation Target is usually at a case level, rather than at an individual level, meaning that no one person has a minimum hour requirement, but that the couple is responsible for the total between them. The exception to this is when one person is assigned to Teen Parent HS/GED, and the other person is assigned to a different Core activity. In this situation, the Target can only be met for the case if both persons fully comply. The teen parent must be attending regularly and making satisfactory progress as determined by passing grades, and the other parent is responsible for 30 Core and Target hours.

Determining Case Participation Target:

To determine the Participation Target for a case, we consider:

  1. the number of persons in the adult payment standard (one or two-person case); and
  2. the number of work-eligible individuals in the household; and
  3. whether or not there is a teen parent with school as their activity; and 
  4. whether or not there is a child under the age 6 in a single-parent case.
Total # persons
in TANF adult
standard
Total #
Work-Eligible
persons in case
Total #
Work-Eligible
Teen Parents
in case
Youngest
child under
age 6?
Core
Requirement
Participation Target 
1 0 0 - none none
1 1 0 YES 20 hrs/week 20 hrs/week
1 1 0 NO 20 hrs/week 30 hrs/week
1 1 1 - Satisfactory
progress
met if making satisfactory
progress
2 0 0 - none none
2 1 0 - 30 hrs/week 30 hrs/week
2 1 1 Satisfactory
progress
met if making satisfactory
progress
2 2 0 - 30 hrs/week 35 hrs/week 
2 2 2 - Satisfactory
progress
met if making satisfactory
progress
2 2 1 - 30 hrs/week 30 hrs/week and satisfactory
progress