Question about a Home Visit as Part of the TANF Eligibility Process

A representative of the Iowa Department of Human Services is interested in finding out if any states require a home visit as part of their eligibility process for TANF cash assistance for all applicants, or for applicants meeting certain criteria. If so, is this requirement mandated by state legislation?
Record Type: 
Question / Response(s)
Date: 
February 2020
Source: 
OFA Peer TA
Agency/Organization: 
Iowa Department of Human Services
State: 
Iowa
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Special Populations
  • TANF Program Administration
    • Case Management

Comments

Arizona
19 Feb, 2020

In Arizona, a home-based interview is not required and utilized when the applicant requests it and the applicant is unable to complete an interview by phone, is unable to attend an in-office interview because they have a disability and are homebound or lack transportation or access to a phone, or they have another valid reason for being unable to appear for an office interview.

Also, for TANF Cash Assistance, a home-based interview may be conducted at the Department's discretion, when there is reason to believe that an eligibility error can be avoided by conducting the interview in the participant's home. This is done when information received from the applicant or collateral sources is inconsistent with information in the case file and cannot be resolved satisfactorily, or a more careful examination of the case is needed, based on prior experience.

AZ Dept. of Economic Security/Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility

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