Economic Assistance 2018-05-02T19:05:21+00:00

Economic Assistance

Here to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians

The Division of Economic Assistance administers important programs that help Mississippians lead better lives.

I came into MDHS looking for help to be able to afford food for my 2 girls. While I was working on my SNAP caseload, I heard about the Delta Southern UAS drone company drone school and was anxious to take classes. I wanted a job that would allow me to give my girls a better life. In August, I received my certificate from Delta Southern and was hired as the local store manager. Since then, I have been able to get off of SNAP benefits and provide a better life for my family.

Thank you DHS for giving me the opportunity to learn a new trade and be able to move into new opportunities at UAS.

SNAP-ED

SNAP-ED provides educational information and classes to improve the likelihood that low-income families will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles that are consistent with the current MyPlate Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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TANF Work Program (TWP)

TWP helps you with job readiness training, job skills training, vocational training and other educational training programs to help you become more marketable in today’s job market.

The TANF Program provides benefits for families with needy children under age 18. The TANF Program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency through employment and training activities provided by the TANF Work Program (TWP). TANF supportive services such as assistance with child care and transportation expenses are available to help the adults in the family prepare for employment and to promote self-sufficiency.

TANF, commonly known as welfare, is the monthly cash assistance program for poor families with children under age 18. TANF benefits are made for children and their needy caretaker relatives who do not have enough income or resources to meet their everyday needs by state program standards.

The goal of TANF is to end the dependence on public assistance by preparing you for a job by helping you with job readiness training, job skills training, vocational training, other educational training programs and assisting you in finding and keeping a job.

  • Cooperation with Child Support is a requirement of receiving TANF benefits.
  • Cooperation with the TANF Work Program (TWP) is a requirement of receiving TANF unless the adult in the family meets an exemption.
  • Compliance with up-front job search activities is a requirement for TANF application approval.
  • TANF benefits and TANF Work Program Supportive Service payments are issued to a Mississippi Debit MasterCard® Card.  Paper checks are not issued.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP provides commodities to help supplement the diets of low income families at no cost.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program which helps supplement the diets of low-income families by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available to states by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Mississippi provides the food to local food banks which distribute the items to approved food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the State.

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Office of Quality Assurance

The Office of Quality Assurance is responsible for evaluating the accuracy of SNAP benefits issued to the State’s SNAP population.

This office reviews a portion of the State’s SNAP cases to determine the accuracy of active cases, closed cases and denied applications.  The findings are reported to state and federal entities.

The goal of this office is to provide reliable information needed to validate the integrity of the SNAP Program and to be a viable resource to the counties, assisting with corrective action and continuous efforts to improve service delivery.

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Contact Us

800-948-3050

Email:ea.customerservice@mdhs.ms.gov

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027 found on line at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Emailprogram.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Las agencias estatales o locales de SNAP y FDPIR, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

Correo: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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