Apply For Delaware TANF

This page provides the Delaware 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.

Delaware 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 Delaware welfare benefits. Read on for more information about applying for TANF. If you have additional questions or issues about this program, then contact TANF Delaware.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is Delaware's main cash assistance program. It is administered through a joint effort of the Division of Social Services (DSS), Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware Economic Development Office. The goal of TANF is to give people temporary help until they get a job. Within the program both the State and the TANF client have responsibilities. The State provides positive incentives for the family to become self-sufficient, and the family must accept responsibility to become self-sufficient and self-supporting. Time on TANF is limited for most people. You can get benefits for 36 months, but you must work or participate in work related activities for 30 hours a week to receive a TANF check.

TANF Eligibility Requirements

You must have minor children or be taking care of minor children you are related to in order to qualify. Delaware extends eligibility to women in their ninth month of pregnancy and to 18-year-old high school students who will graduate before turning 19.

Additionally, it must be determined that a family is financially eligible for assistance through consideration of all incomes and resources available to that family. The TANF monthly income limits are based on the TANF Standards below:

Family Size Maximum Grant Amount Gross Income Limit Applicant Net Income Limit Recipient Net Income Limit
1 $201 $1,348 $201 $729
2 $270 $1,818 $270 $983
3 $338 $2,228 $338 $1,237
4 $407 $2,758 $407 $1,491
5 $475 $3,226 $475 $1,744
6 $544 $3,696 $544 $1,998
7 $612 $4,166 $612 $2,252
8 $681 $4,634 $681 $2,505
For each additional person add: $69 $469 $69 $254

We subtract $90 for work related expenses, up to $200 for child care, and the first $50 of child support received to determine the net income. (Non-parent caretakers can elect to be payee for related children in their care. The income of these caretakers does not count but income of the children may count.)

Families receiving TANF (recipients) are entitled to additional subtractions from their earned income. By setting the income limits higher for recipients, many families continue to receive the support of the TANF program after becoming employed.

Other Rules:

You must complete an application and be interviewed by a Division of Social Services Social Worker before you can qualify for TANF. Please see our Publications and Forms page for a TANF application. See our Office Locations for the Division of Social Services office nearest you.


Delaware Employment Search

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

Apply Online For Delaware TANF

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