Reach Up in Vermont (TANF)
The official State website for Reach Up (TANF) in Vermont.
Reach Up helps families with children by providing cash assistance for basic needs and services that support work and self-sufficiency.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility depends on your income, resources, living expenses, family members in your household, how many months of Reach Up you've already received, and other factors.
Click here to learn about lifetime limits for benefits.
How do I apply?
How does Reach Up work?
What else do I need to Know?
To keep maximum Reach Up benefits, you'll need to spend a certain number of hours each week either working or participating in approved activities that will lead to a job. The number of hours you will be required to work, or participate in approved work activities, will depend on your children's ages and your family situation.
You may not have to work or engage in work activities right away if:
While Reach Up provides you with benefits and services, you are expected to follow your family development plan. If you do not follow your plan, your financial assistance grant may be reduced.
Your Reach Up cash assistance will be deposited directly into your bank account through direct deposit. If you don't have a bank account, you'll receive your cash assistance on an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card called Vermont Express. Click here to learn how the card works and where it can be used.
After you go to work:
Getting a job is just one part of the picture. If you still need help after you get a job or after Reach Up cash assistance ends, you may still be able to get Child Care Financial Assistance, health insurance, 3SquaresVT, fuel assistance, and help with child support collections.
When You Leave Reach Up, Reach Ahead
When you leave Reach Up, you'll automatically be signed up for Reach Ahead benefits and services if you are eligible.
Have questions? Need help applying?
Call our Benefits Call Center at 1-800-479-6151 or visit a District Office.