Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a nationally-funded program that provides cash assistance and services to low income families with children, or to pregnant women. Generally, those who qualify for TANF may receive benefits for 5 years or less.
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Most decisions about benefits are made by local governments and TANF benefits may differ in your state. Many TANF programs provide these common benefits:
- Cash assistance Basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter
- Child Care
- Work Support and Employment Programs
- Family planning, counseling, and parenting education
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Am I eligible?
You may qualify for TANF if you are a member of a family that:
- Has at least one child
- Has at least one adult that is meeting specific work requirements (such as working a certain number of hours, or going to work after completing a training program)
- Has a low income
Additional eligibility requirements vary by state.
How do I apply?
Contact your state’s program to find out more about applying for TANF.