Temporary Assistance (TA) is the term now used in NYS for Public Assistance (welfare) programs. The term conveys the message that assistance is short-term help for families and individuals while they work their way toward self-sufficiency. Program has an employment focus. TA clients receive money for basic living expenses, food stamps and medical coverage. Eligibility is based on the income and resources of the family. Family Assistance provides money to families with children and Safety Net Assistance provides money for basic living expenses for single adults and childless couples.