The monthly cash payment program sometimes called "welfare" is now called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by the federal government. In the state of Louisiana, it's titled the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program ("FITAP"). FITAP provides cash assistance to families with children when the family doesn't make enough money to pay for all of its needs.
What this libguide can do:
- Provide basic information about FITAP in Louisiana;
- Provide basic information on the process of applying for FITAP; and
- Provide resources for additional information and services.
What this libguide cannot do:
- Answer every question about your situation;
- Provide a printable FITAP form to complete; or
- Replace the advice of an attorney.
Applying for FITAP or appealing a FITAP rejection is a common legal issue. Some people can apply or appeal without professional legal assistance. Those not represented by professional legal assistance are often referred to as self-represented litigants.
The guide is meant to help someone who is not represented by a lawyer understand the general rules and application and appeals process of FITAP. It is not a complete guide to the law nor does it discuss every issue or aspect of the law that may affect your case.This information is not meant to replace State laws or Court Rules. The purpose of this guide is to give general information and make it easier for you to obtain benefits if you qualify.
The information in this guide is intended to provide the user with general information and not legal advice. While we strive to include the most recent information, some items may change between updating periods. For additional resources and/or to find referrals to free or low-cost attorneys, please visit the Law Library of Louisiana's guide for self-represented litigants.