The Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) - known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program federally- is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.
The four purposes of the TANF program are to:
- Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
- Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
- Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
- Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
Note: TANF is sometimes referred to by state specific names.
General Program Requirements
In general for this benefit program, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have very low income. You must also be a resident of the state of Maryland.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
To apply online, please contact your Department of Human Resources Local Office.