Apply For North Carolina TANF

This page provides the North Carolina TANF eligibility requirements. Applicants must meet both state and federal guidelines for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Individuals who apply for TANF must meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household and report as required by the state.

North Carolina residents who qualify for welfare are required to furnish information such as citizenship, income, resources, and age. Only household members who are eligible can receive North Carolina welfare benefits. Read on for more information about applying for TANF. If you have additional questions or issues about this program, then contact TANF North Carolina.

Work First Eligibility Requirements

The following chart describes the Work First Eligibility Requirements. In reference to the "What's Needed" column on the chart, if we are unable to establish eligibility for assistance, additional information may be required.

Eligibility Requirement What's Needed How Often
Identity Passport, ID, other primary documents At application or if questionable
Address/Living With/Living Arrangement Valid NC driver's license, lease agreement, utility bill At application, review, change in situation
Age Birth certificate At application, change in situation
Kinship Birth certificate, copy of court order documents At application, change in situation
Citizenship/Alien Status Passport, ID, other primary documents At application or if questionable
Social Security Number Valid social security card or number At application - or until received
Income:
Wages/Self-Employment Public Benefits/ Private Retirement Benefits/ Trust, etc.
Wage stubs, verification from employer, tax forms, award letter At application, review, change in situation
Assets/Resources Ownership and tax records, bank and court documents At application, review, change in situation

Work First Income Standards

Assistance Unit Need Standard Max Benefit Payment
1 $362 $181
2 $472 $236
3 $544 $272
4 $594 $297
5 $648 $324
6 $698 $349
7 $746 $373
8 $772 $386
9 $812 $406
10 $860 $430
11 $896 $448
12 $946 $473
13 $992 $496
14 $1042 $521

How to Apply For TANF North Carolina

Applications for the Work First Family Assistance Program can be made at your local county Departments of Social Services in the county in which the household resides. Applications are only taken at local county Departments of Social Services. If you have additional questions please contact us via email.


North Carolina Employment Search

Part of the requirement, while on the TANF program, is finding a job to help sustain your financial needs. North Carolina provides an online job site for you to search for employment. You can view the job site by clicking here.


Apply Online For North Carolina TANF

If you have questions about applying for TANF benefits, or you want to see if you can apply for TANF North Carolina online, then visit the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families website here.