Apply For Washington TANF
This page provides the Washington 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.
Washington 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 Washington welfare benefits. Read on for more information about applying for TANF. If you have additional questions or issues about this program, then contact TANF Washington.
TANF and Support Services
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary cash for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps participants find and keep jobs.
Persons who are caring for a relative's child, or legal guardians or are acting in the place of a parent are also able to apply for TANF benefits on behalf of these children through our Non-Needy Relative, In Loco Parentis and Legal Guardian Program.
Persons who are residents of Washington State and are ineligible for TANF solely because of eligibility changes due to the Welfare Reform Act may be eligible for State Family Assistance (SFA).
Persons who are eligible for the TANF program may also qualify for our Diversion Cash Assistance. Families who chose this program can get help with living expenses when a family needs short term assistance and meets program requirements.
Who is eligible For TANF
Washington State residents who are responsible for the care of children or who are pregnant. Some of the requirements you must meet include:
- Income and resource requirements
- Citizenship and alien status requirements
Income and resource Requirements
Your TANF benefits are based on your family size and income. A family of three, with no income, would receive a monthly TANF grant of $478. When a household member starts working, we only count half of the earnings against the grant. If a member of the household starts receiving unemployment or another type of unearned income, we would count the entire amount against the grant.
To be eligible for TANF, your family must have resources of $1,000 or less. Resources are things like:
- Checking and savings accounts
- Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
- Vehicle equity over $5,000
Your case manager will help you understand what income and resources we consider and how it will affect your case. If you are found eligible for the TANF Program, you must:
- Cooperate with the Division of Child Support
- If you are a parenting teen, live in an approved living situation
- Participate in the WorkFirst Program, if required
The WorkFirst Program expects that you will:
- Complete all requested reviews
- Participate in all required job search and work preparation activities
As of August 1997, TANF families are limited to sixty months of benefits in their lifetime unless they qualify for a time limit extension. The WorkFirst Program assists you by:
- Helping you pay for child care expenses through our Child Care Subsidy Program (formerly Working Connections Child Care)
- Helping you with job search, including resume writing and job interview skills
- Providing you opportunities to get training to increase your skills and get a better job
If you are participating in the WorkFirst Program, your case manager will do everything possible to help you succeed. WorkFirst Support Services can help you with some of the expenses of getting and keeping a job, including:
- Work clothing
- Educational expenses
- Vehicle repair
- Tools and equipment
- Relocation expenses
Your case manager can tell you more about Support Services.
How to Apply For TANF
You can apply for TANF program online or at your local Community Services Office. As with all our programs, the only way to know for sure if you are eligible is to apply.
Washington Employment Search
Part of the requirement, while on the TANF program, is finding a job to help sustain your financial needs. Washington provides an online job site for you to search for employment. You can view the job site by clicking here.
Apply Online For Washington 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.