• $175 Million in TANF Funds Awarded to Seven Groups Across the State for 3-Year Pilot Initiatives

    Thursday, May 05, 2022 | 11:21am

    NASHVILLE – As part of the Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative, seven public-private groups have been selected by the Families First Community Advisory Board to implement innovative strategies for moving Tennessee families with economic, social, and developmental vulnerabilities beyond their current circumstances and on to self-sufficiency. Each group will receive $25 million in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for their three-year pilots. The implementation grants for these pilot initiatives further the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ (TDHS) vision of fundamentally changing the way government assistance is delivered to families in need.

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  • Presentations Scheduled to Determine $175 Million in Pilot Program Implementation Grants

    Wednesday, April 06, 2022 | 09:30am

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) in partnership with the Families First Community Advisory Board, will host a 2-day series of pilot program presentations from 17 public-private partnerships, vying for $175 million in Implementation Grants to further the Department’s vision of fundamentally changing the way government assistance is delivered to families in Tennessee. The presentations mark a significant milestone in the state’s plans to effectively put federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to use on a local level.

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  • Tennessee Obtains Approval for Retroactive Food Assistance to Eligible Children

    Friday, February 25, 2022 | 01:36pm

    Beginning March 4, 2022, eligible children that did not receive assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program for the 2020-2021 school year will receive a retroactive benefit payment. This single retroactive payment will be sent to children who experienced a change in P-EBT eligibility status during the 2020-2021 school year, or that were not accounted for initially.

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  • Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Application Period Open for 2022

    Monday, January 31, 2022 | 10:46am

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is providing another resource to help communities with the launch of this year’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The goal of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is to ensure children 18 and younger, who benefit from meal programs at school, continue to have that same access to nutritious meals when school is out for the summer.

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  • TDHS Makes Strides to Fundamentally Change How Vulnerable Tennesseans are Served

    Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 11:08am

    The Families First Community Advisory Board selected 17 collaborative groups to receive a portion of the nearly $5 million the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) will make available during the first phase of the Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative. Up to $445,000 will be available to each organization, made up of public-private partnerships dedicated to developing innovative, community-driven strategies for moving Tennesseans with economic, social, and developmental vulnerabilities beyond their current barriers and on to self-sufficiency.

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  • "Child-Only" Families First Participants to Receive a One-Time Payment

    Thursday, December 02, 2021 | 04:05pm

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households qualifying as a “child-only” case in October will receive a one-time payment of $950 on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards December 1, 2021.

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  • MyTN App Helping Tennesseans Access Helpful Services From Their Smartphone

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 10:11am

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), the state’s Office of Customer Focused Government, and IT group (Strategic Technology Solutions) are teaming up to add new helpful services for users of Tennessee’s MyTN mobile application. Customers can now file and check the status of an appeal for the denial of TDHS programs on their smartphone through MyTN.

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  • Tennessee Commissioner Joins Distinguished Group of Government Leaders

    Friday, November 05, 2021 | 11:17am

    Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) Commissioner Clarence H. Carter is joining a nationally recognized group of leaders dedicated to providing guidance on the most important governance issues of the nation. As a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, Carter will join more than 940 Fellows on the Academy including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators.

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  • Department of Human Services Investing $180 Million in Public-Private Partnerships Through 2025

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 04:36pm

    With the launch of the Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is taking a groundbreaking step to transform the way Tennessee serves its most vulnerable families. Over the next four years, this initiative will provide up to $5 million in Planning Grants and $175 million in Implementation Grants to further the Department’s vision of fundamentally changing the way government assistance is delivered to families in Tennessee.

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  • Tennessee Stepping Up with Additional Support for Those Impacted by the August Flood

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 09:05am

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making additional assistance available to help families following the recent flooding disaster. Qualifying families who received damage to their homes or have been unable to work because of the August 21, 2021 storm are now able to apply for a one-time payment of Emergency Cash Assistance.

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  • Food Assistance Available to Help Communities Recover from the August Flooding Disaster

    Friday, September 10, 2021 | 05:16pm

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making additional assistance available to support the health and well-being of individuals impacted by the recent flooding disaster. Qualifying families located in Humphreys, Hickman, Dickson, and Houston counties that experienced loss as a result of the August 21, 2021 storm are now able to apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.

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  • State Landmarks Lit Green for Child Support Awareness Month

    Friday, August 20, 2021 | 04:33pm

    The State Capitol Cupola and other well-known landmarks across Tennessee will be lit green tonight in recognition of Child Support Awareness Month. Each August the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) works to light up recognizable locations in green as a shining reminder of the important role its Child Support Program plays in the health and well-being of Tennessee children.

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