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Alaska Temporary Assistance Program

undefined Alaska Temporary Assistance Program?


The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides cash assistance and work services to low-income families with children to help them with basic needs while they work toward becoming self-sufficient. This program is provided under the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.

ATAP changed the traditional focus of the state's public assistance program for needy families to an employment-focused program from an entitlement under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. Temporary Assistance stresses family self-sufficiency through employment.

The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides cash assistance and work services to low-income families with children to help them with basic needs while they work toward becoming self-sufficient. This program is provided under the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.

ATAP changed the traditional focus of the state's public assistance program for needy families to an employment-focused program from an entitlement under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. Temporary Assistance stresses family self-sufficiency through employment.

undefined Alaska Temporary Assistance Program?


To be eligible for Alaska Temporary Assistance, you must be a resident of Alaska, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income. You must also be one of the following:

  • Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or
  • Be pregnant, or
  • Be 18 years of age or younger and the head of your household.

undefined Alaska Temporary Assistance Program?


To apply, fill out the following application.

Then, call your local Public Assistance District Office to schedule an interview.

Don't forget to bring your completed application with you to your interview!


For additional information on this program, visit the Alaska Temporary Assistance page.

For general questions, the Public Assistance main office can be reached by dialing:
907-465-3347

907-465-3347