The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program Office is responsible for all public assistance benefit eligibility services operated by DCF, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), known in Florida as the Food Assistance program; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), known in Florida as Temporary Cash Assistance; and Medicaid. In addition, the office is responsible for the Homelessness Program, Public Benefits Integrity, and Refugee Assistance Programs.
For Fiscal Year 2020-21, the number of Florida citizens who received services as a result of the program's eligibility determination efforts is shown below.
|Average Number of Clients Served and Benefits Issued Per Month in Fiscal Year 2020-21|
|Category||Clients Served Per Month||Benefits Issued Per Month|
|Received Benefits to Purchase Food||3,561,924||$705,163,647|
|Determined Eligible for Medicaid1||3,772,006||NA|
|Received Cash Assistance||75,474||$10,920,925|
|1 Excludes SSI eligible persons.|
Source: Department of Children and Families.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Issued Statewide. Together, the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued 1.2 million Florida students $763 million in P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.
Public Records/Homelessness Counts and Information Systems. The 2022 Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-33, Laws of Florida, which provides exemption from public records requirements for individual identifying information contained in homelessness counts and information systems.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are located on its website.
The Department of Children and Families' Office of the Inspector General reports are available on its website.
The Department of Children and Families' Office on Homelessness publishes the Council on Homelessness' annual reports on its website.
Experts' Proposed Reform Options to Better Serve Workers Experiencing Economic Disruption, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-324, April 19, 2021.
Use of Data to Verify Eligibility Varies Among Selected Programs and Opportunities Exist to Promote Additional Use, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-183, March 29, 2021.
Data Completeness and Accuracy Have Improved, Though Not All Standards Have Been Met, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-196, January 14, 2021.
Access and Quality Problems in Managed Care Demand Improved Oversight, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-49, December 16, 2020.
CMS Needs More Information on States' Financing and Payment Arrangements to Improve Oversight, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-98, December 7, 2020.
Millions of Full-Time Workers Rely on Federal Health Care and Food Assistance Programs, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-21-45, November 18, 2020.
Better HUD Oversight of Data Collection Could Improve Estimates of Homeless Population, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-20-433, August 13, 2020.
Actions Needed to Better Address Workers' Needs and Assess Program Effectiveness, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-20-521, July 29, 2020.
State Views on Program Administration Challenges, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-20-407, June 1, 2020.
Poverty Reduction: HHS Can Improve Information to Assist States and Localities in Adopting Approaches That Serve Whole Families, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-20-382, May 7, 2020.
Websites of Interest
Department of Children and Families, Local Community Partners Agencies
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance, Resource Library
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Nutrition Policy Research
Florida Coalition to End Homelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan and Planning and Performance Measures, which reports the department's performance on external and internal measures for its various programs. The measures allow the user to view performance at both a statewide and geographic region level.