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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 011 : REACH UP


(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1108)
  • § 1108. Limits on family financial assistance

    (a) Except for grants to children in the care of persons other than their parents, only participating families who have received fewer than 60 cumulative months of financial assistance, including those months in which any type of cash assistance funded by a TANF block grant was received in other states or territories of the United States, shall be eligible for benefits under the Reach Up program.

    (b) Deferment granted for the following reasons shall not count toward the Reach Up program's cumulative 60-month lifetime eligibility period:

    (1) the participant is not able-to-work;

    (2) the participant is a parent or caretaker who is caring for a child during the first year of a possible two-year deferment pursuant to subdivision 1114(b)(3) of this chapter;

    (3) the participant is affected by domestic violence pursuant to subdivision 1114(b)(9) of this chapter; and

    (4) the participant is needed in the home on a full-time basis to care for an ill or disabled parent, spouse, or child pursuant to subdivision 1114(b)(5) of this chapter.

    (c) The cumulative 60-month lifetime eligibility period shall not begin to toll until the parent or parents of a participating family have reached the age of 18.

    (d) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a participating family that does not have a qualifying deferment under section 1114 of this title and that has exceeded the cumulative 60-month lifetime eligibility period set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall qualify for a hardship exemption that allows the adult member of the participating family to receive:

    (1) a wage equivalent to that of the participating family's cash benefit under the Reach Up program for participation in any of the work activities listed in subdivision 1101(28) of this title, with the exception of subdivision (28)(L); or

    (2) supplemental benefits to the wages of the adult member of the participating family if the work requirement is otherwise being met. (Added 1999, No. 147 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; amended 2007, No. 30, § 8, eff. May 17, 2007; 2013, No. 50, § E.323.1, eff. May 1, 2014; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.323.)