The number of South Carolinians receiving public assistance continues to decrease. In June 2016, 23,795 South Carolina residents received TANF benefits; the lowest since before 2007.
The number of TANF recipients peaked in October 2010 at 53,438. Since that time, the caseload has fallen 55 percent.
Approximately 76 percent of TANF recipients are children under the age of 18.
The income threshold for South Carolina’s TANF program is approximately 50 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). For example, a single parent with two children who receives $10,080 or less per year ($840 per month) in income may qualify for benefits.
In South Carolina the average monthly TANF grant amount is $218.
How does DSS help?
Low-income families, whether the household has one parent or two parents, may be eligible for these services.
Families enrolled in the program are offered employment training and placement, childcare and transportation while in employment training, and a monthly stipend all designed to help parents get back to work and maintain self-sufficiency.
A caseworker is assigned to each family, who will offer assessments to see if additional screenings or services are required and will work with families to design a plan to ensure family stability within 24 months.