Department of Human Services
Families First Online Policy Manual
To qualify for a Diversion payment, a client must:
· Meet Families First eligibility criteria.
Note: An uncured sanction does not cause a client to be ineligible for a diversion payment. Bulletin 28, FA-08-20
· Have an identifiable one-time financial need.
Note: A one-time financial need will be determined by the client representative on a case-by-case basis. Examples of a one-time need could include:
- Housing – security deposit or moving expenses.
- Transportation – car repairs.
- Child Care – cash to cover CC expenses during the temporary incapacity of a relative CC provider.
- Job needs – work clothes, uniforms, tools, or supplies that are a prerequisite to securing a job.
· Have been a resident of Tennessee for six months.
· Have not received cash assistance in any state in the two years prior to application.
· Have never received a Diversion payment in any state.
· Have no major barriers to employment, like a drug/alcohol problem.
· Have a GED or high school diploma.
· Have a recent work history.
Note: Recent job history is defined as currently employed, or employed steadily in six of the past twelve months, three of which must have been consecutive.