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Benefit Details
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services. State-administered programs may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, the applicant must be either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age. Also the applicant must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident; have low or very low income; and be under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Each state and territory decides the benefits it will provide. Each state and territory also establishes the specific eligibility criteria that must be met to receive financial assistance payments or other types of benefits and services. Thus, you must check with the TANF agency in the area that you reside to learn whether you are eligible to receive financial assistance or other TANF benefits and services.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For application information from your state, please visit:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf