Economic Assistance Eligibility

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.


Change Reporting Form – MDHS-EA-946: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

GF 900 APPLICATION – English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Employment Wage Verification Form – MDHS-EA-910: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

NVRA Voter Declination

TANF Personal Responsibility Contract – MDHS-EA-312: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Representative Authorization – MDHS-EA-918: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Declaration & Consent to Participate in the MSCAP – MDHS-EA-901: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Household Statement of food loss due to household disaster – MDHS-EA-508: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Notice of Child Support Enforcement – MDHS-EA-941: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

TANF Work Program Participant Travel Form – MDHS-EA-357

TANF Child Care Services Application – MDHS-EA-379

Child Care Provider Selection – MDHS-EA-380


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)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost.

Through TEFAP, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to State Distributing Agencies. The amount of food each State receives out of the total amount of food provided is based on the number of unemployed persons and the number of people with income below the poverty level in the State. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn distribute the food to local organizations, such as soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the beneficiary population.

Local agencies determine the eligibility of applicants, distribute the foods, and provide nutrition education. Mississippi establish income limits for the elderly that are at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a monthly food package tailored for older adults age 60 or above that can help stretch their food dollars and add nutritious foods to their diet for good health.

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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Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program

The SRAE program is designed to teach youth personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision making, and the prevention of risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse without normalizing teen sexual activity.

Statutory rape is defined by Merriam-Webster as “sexual intercourse with a person who is below the statutory age of consent” [Merriam-Webster. (n.d.).] The legal definition is basically the same for every state, except that individual states define a minor below the age of consent differently.

MS Law and Statutory Rape (Current through the 2019 Regular Session)

(1) The crime of statutory rape is committed when:

(a) Any person seventeen (17) years of age or older has sexual intercourse with a child who:

(i) Is at least fourteen (14) but under sixteen (16) years of age;

(ii) Is thirty-six (36) or more months younger than the person; and

(iii) Is not the person’s spouse; or

(b) A person of any age has sexual intercourse with a child who:

(i) Is under the age of fourteen (14) years;

(ii) Is twenty-four (24) or more months younger than the person; and

(iii) Is not the person’s spouse.

(2) Neither the victim’s consent nor the victim’s lack of chastity is a defense to a charge of statutory rape.

… Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-65

MS Law and Mandatory Reporting of sex crimes against minors; definitions; procedures; report content; forensic samples; penalties

(b) “Mandatory reporter” means any of the following individuals performing their occupational duties: health care practitioner, clergy member, teaching or child care provider, law enforcement officer, or commercial image processor.

… Miss. Code Ann. § 97-5-51

Bureau of Victim Assistance

The Bureau of Victim Assistance (BOVA) provides statewide assistance to victims of crime. Please visit the website below to learn more about BOVA and the vital services they offer.

Mississippi Crime of Victim’ Bill of Rights

If you need immediate assistance

If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse and/or including statutory rape, please contact your local law enforcement entity or contact the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services at 1-800-222-8000 or visit

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