Program DescriptionTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a temporary public assistance program administered by the South Dakota Department of Social Services and Department of Labor. The primary focus of the program is to help families help themselves move from welfare to work by:
- Promoting family responsibility and accountability
- Encouraging self-sufficiency through work
- Death of a parent
- Parent is absent from the home
- Physical or mental incapacity or unemployment of a parent
There are other eligibility requirements but we encourage you to learn more about how the South Dakota TANF program can help you and your family.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.