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Polk County Dhs Office Benton

Website: http://www.tennessee.gov


Benton, TN - 37307
(423)338-5332

Financial Help Provided: Services: Food Stamp; Families First; Child Care Certificate; Medicaid; and TennCare




Full Description: Office hours: Mondays through Fridays 8am - 4:30pm.

Families First
Families First, the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, is a workforce development and employment program. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. The Families First program helps participants reach this goal by providing transportation, child care assistance, education, job training, employment activities, and other support services. Temporary cash assistance is also provided to families with dependent children when at least one parent is incapacitated, unemployed, deceased, or absent from the home, and the family is unable to pay for essential living expenses. To be eligible for the program, participants must meet technical and financial eligibility standards and must agree to follow a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP). As part of the PRP, the participants agree to keep immunizations and health checks up-to-date for their children, to keep their children in school, to cooperate with child support services and, if not exempt, to participate in work and/or training for at least 30 hours per week.

Child Support Services

You may apply for services by completing an Application for Child Support Services.

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

To apply for the service, contact this local Department of Human Services office.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP (formerly known as food stamps)
Nutrition assistance program that helps to ensure eligible low-income families and individuals are able to obtain a nutritious diet. TDHS has a dual focus on alleviating hunger and establishing or reestablishing self-sufficiency. Program benefits are intended to supplement a household's monthly food budget to allow them to direct more of their available income toward essential living expenses. To apply for the service, contact the local Department of Human Services office.






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1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.





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