Program DescriptionThe Hawaii Financial Assistance program provides assistance to needy families with (or expecting) children and provides parents with job preparation, work and support services that enable them to leave the program and become self-sufficient. This is accomplished through strategies implemented in the Pursuit of New Opportunities (PONO) welfare reform program which delivers cash assistance and the First-to-Work (FTW) program which provides employment preparation and support services.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Hawaii, 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.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessTo download and print an application for Hawaii Financial Assistance (TANF), please go to:
This application must be mailed or hand-delivered to the state of Hawaii Department of Human Services. We do not yet process on-line applications.
Send completed applications to the local office listed in the application.