How To Apply For TANF

To apply for the TANF program, you will need to:

  • Each state may have different requirements. You can see a list of states below, or keep reading through the general terms.
  • The Department of Child Support wants you to work with them.
  • While it is possible to suggest that you not participate if you feel it is unsafe to do so
  • If you're a teen parent, be sure your living arrangements are in order.
  • Some programs may require your participation.

The Program expects that you will:

  • Don't leave anything to chance.
  • Take part in all activities related to job searching and job preparation.

Time limitations:

Families receiving TANF benefits have a lifetime benefit restriction of 60 months as of August 1997 unless they are eligible for a time limit increase.

The Program assists you by:

  • Child Care Subsidy Program helps you pay for child care costs (formerly Working Connections Child Care).
  • If you are looking for a job, we can help by assisting with resumes to job interviews.
  • Aiming to help you acquire a better job by giving you the chance to learn new skills.

A job and a better life

If you are a part of the Program, your caseworker will do all in their power to help you reach your goals. Some of the costs of finding and sustaining a job such as:
  • Work clothing
  • Transportation
  • Educational expenses
  • Vehicle repair
  • Tools and equipment
  • Relocation expenses
Your case manager can suggest you more about Support Assistance. Local TANF Centers accept applications. TANF helps homeless people. 877-872-5627 is a 24-hour automated helpline if you're lost (voice). Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call a representative (except on state holidays). You can submit your TANF application electronically or by mail, fax, or person. The website shows which TANF services your area.  

The TANF application process

TANF will interview you. A supervisor will tell you things at the interview and type your replies and print your application, and have you sign it. The supervisor will ask to see birth certificates (to prove the children are yours), Social Security cards, paycheck stubs, and other income verification. You can only have so much money and get TANF. Caseworkers may also seek further proof of eligibility. Ask your caseworker for help obtaining this proof.
  1. Apply online
  2. Call the Public Assistance Helpline-877-872-5627
  3. Visit your local Office of Public Assistance.
  4. Email for a PDF application

In conclusion, the TANF program requirements are setup at the state level. To qualify for TANF you must be a resident of that state and you must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen. Once you submit your TANF application, the office that handles the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program will review your case and determine if you meet the program requirements.

To find out more about the TANF eligibility requirements, select your state below.