Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program is also known as “welfare” and seeks to temporarily assist families so that they can recover from difficulties and move forward.

What help is available through TANF?

There are assistance programs to pay for food, housing, and electric power, childcare, job training and assistance in finding work.

Each state program of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program works differently and has a different name (in English).

Am I eligible for the TANF program?

  • Each state or territory decides which are the specific eligibility criteria for granting financial assistance or other benefits and services.
    You must be a resident of the state where you are filing your application.
    How do I submit my application for TANF?
    Apply for benefits: select the local TANF office (in English) and get in touch to request financial assistance.
    How to report TANF benefits fraud?
    To report possible fraud cases related to the TANF program, contact your local TANF office or call the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s Office Hotline at 1-800-377. -4950 (press 2 for Spanish) or 1-800-447-8477 (TTY, for people with hearing problems).

Is there anything else I need to know about TANF?
If you receive TANF, you may be eligible to receive other government benefits



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