WAG 03-13-01-a: Participation Target

PM 03-13-01-a.

Participation Target 

A: Single Parent case - Exempt 

Ms. B has a 6-month old infant, so is exempt from participating in Countable activities. She does not have a Participation Target. However, she would like to continue working toward her cosmetology certification, so Vocational Education is added to her RSP to enable her to receive supportive services. Her FCRC receives extra credit toward the State Participation rateWPR because she participates 20 hours a week in her cosmetology program.

B: Single Parent case with child under age 6 

  1. Ms. A is a single mother with a child under age 6. She agrees to go to a Work Experience site. Using her cash and SNAP benefits, Form 4044 calculates 18 hours per week. She meets her 20 hour Core requirement by completing 18 hours at the site every week. Two hours are deemed to meet her Core requirement. Since her Participation Target is also 20 hours, no additional hours are needed.
  2. Mr. K is joined in Illinois by his wife who is ineligible for TANF due to her immigration status. There are 2 parents in the home, but only one parent is included in the TANF adult standard. Since they have a child under age 6, Mr. K's Core requirement and Participation Target are both 20 hours. He is able to meet both Core and Target by participating in Community Service 20 hours a week.

C: Single Parent case with children age 6 or over 

Ms. E is a single parent whose children are all over age 6. Due to the amount of her grant and SNAP, the Form 4044 computation yields a maximum of 36 hours. She is assigned to Community Service at a local food pantry for 30 hours a week to satisfy both her Core requirement and Participation Target. She enjoys her work, and sometimes volunteers additional time to help out, but we do not report hours over 30.

D: Single Parent case - teen parent in school

Ms. F is a 16 year old head of household with a 6 month old child. She regularly attends GED classes and satisfactorily completes her assignments. Her Participation Target is met.

E: Two Parent case - both parents exempt 

Mr. and Mrs. X have a child approved for the Medically Fragile Technology Dependent (MFTD) waiver. They are both exempt from participating in Countable and Support activities. The child receives in-home nursing during the day, but the parents must care for the child at night, cover missed nursing shifts, and are responsible for attending doctor and physical therapy sessions. Mr. X is having problems coping with the child's condition, so a referral to a mental health professional is recommended, but cannot be required.  

F:  Two-Parent case with one Work-Eligible parent 

  1. Mr. and Mrs. M have a newborn. One parent is Exempt due to care of a child under one. The other parent is Work-Eligible, and is responsible for completing all hours for the case. The Core requirement and the Participation Target are both 30. All 30 hours must be in a Core activity. Since Mr. A is working toward certification as a welder, he is able to complete all 30 hours in Vocational Education.
  2. The father of Ms. A's 2 year child from Scenario A is added to the TANF case. The Core requirement changes from 20 to 30 hours because having a child under age 6 is not a factor in a two-parent case. The father is approved for a medical barrier, leaving Ms. A as the only Work-Eligible person in the case. The Core requirement and Participation Target are both 30 hours. Due to the increase in assistance, the FLSA calculation now determines 22 maximum weekly hours in Work Experience. As long as Ms. A completes 22 hours, her Core requirement is deemed met and no additional hours are needed to meet the case's Target.
  3. Ms. G is a 17 year old head of household with a 2 month old baby. She is attending high school and is expected to graduate with her class. The 21 year old father of her child is exempt due to care of a child under age one. Ms. G is the only Work-Eligible person in the case and she is able to meet the Target by her satisfactory progress toward graduation. The father is employed 30 hours per week, which stops the 60 month counter for the case, and is also counted as voluntary participation toward the WPR.  

G: Two-parent case with one Work-Eligible parent who is a teen completing HS/GED, other parent Exempt

Mr. Z and Ms. V have a newborn. Ms. V is 18 years old and is completing her senior year of high school. Mr. Z is Exempt due to care of a child under one. The Core requirement is normally 30 hours for a 2-parent case, but since Ms. V is the only Work-Eligible individual in the case, and she is a teen parent completing her education, the Core requirement is met by her regular attendance and satisfactory progress. The case Target is also met by satisfactory progress.

H: Two-parent case with two Work-Eligible parents 

  1. Mr. & Mrs. R receive $1016 in cash and SNAP benefits in a case with their 3 children. The Core requirement is 30 hours and the Participation Target is 35 hours. According to the Form 4044 calculation, the couple may be assigned up to 31 hours in Work Experience. The minimum Core requirement is met with 30 hours. The one hour over the minimum may be used toward the supplemental hours needed to achieve the 35 hour target. If it is used, then 4 more hours in an activity other than Work First, Work Experience or Community Service must be assigned.
  2. Ms. B and Ms. C have adopted a 4 year old son together. The Core requirement is 30 hours and the Participation Target is 35 hours. While developing the RSP, Ms. C agreed to complete the required hours so Ms. B can stay home with the child. Ms. C works 25 hours a week as a book keeper. It is explained to her that working at least 5 more hours a week can stop the 60 month counter for the case. She agrees to look for job with more hours, so is assigned to Job Search for 5 hours a week, which will meet the 30 hour Core requirement. She finds an online book keeping course which will advance her skills, so the additional 5 hours needed to meet the case target are assigned in Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment.  

I: Two-parent case with two Work-Eligible parents, both teens completing HS/GED 

Ms. R and Mr. P are 16 year old parents of a newborn. Since neither has finished high school, neither is eligible for an exemption due to having a child under age 1. Both young parents are Work-Eligible. Since they are both assigned to High School/GED Program for Teen Parents, the Core requirement and Target Participation are met through passing grades in their GED programs.

J: Two-parent case with two Work-Eligible parents, one is a teen completing HS/GED and one is not 

Ms. G, age 18 and pregnant, is working on earning her GED. Her 19 year old husband has graduated from high school and is in a full-time vocational program to become certified as a heating and air conditioning technician.  The Core requirement is 30 hours as usual for a 2-parent case. The Participation Target is usually 35 hours for a 2-parent case with 2 Work-Eligible individuals, but the Target is reduced to 30 hours to give credit for the teen parent's school participation. This case meets its Core target if Mr. G completes 30 hours in his vocational certificate program.  It meets its Participation Target if Ms. G continues regularly attend and make satisfactory progress in her school program.