How to know if you are eligible for TANF

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in TANF Benefits | Comments Off on How to know if you are eligible for TANF

TANF program (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a government-regulated temporary financial aid, aimed at all U.S. families and individuals with financial difficulties of different kinds.

TANF covers many types of financially vulnerable families and individuals, some of them being: veterans and less-able people, people who raise children on a low income, people with financial difficulties in paying utility or medical bills, people with financial struggles in buying food etc.


There are many employment and income requirements to be met to qualify for TANF. Some of these demands are regulated on a federal level, but most of them have modifications and some additional requirements based on the state. This is why you need to check the requirements of your local Department of Health and Human Services because it will give you the information on all the requirements you need to meet. The universal requirements include owning maximum $2000 of countable assets, and in the case of having a vehicle, it must not exceed $8500 in cost. TANF applicants are not required to be employed; however, during the program, they will be expected to work or attend work-related training.


Another requirement essential for TANF application is that you are a legal U.S. resident, as well as a full-time legal resident of the state where you apply for TANF. In case you are not a U.S. citizen, you can still apply if you fulfill some of the following: you have a green card; are an American Indian born outside the U.S; are a human trafficking victim or you are a “qualified alien” – which means you entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, and resided in the U.S. continuously since then.

TANF Benefits

In many cases, in order to successfully receive TANF, you will be required to have children living with you, who must be under 18 years of age and legal U.S. citizens. However, in certain cases this is not required, and you may still be eligible to receive TANF:

  • if you are pregnant and have no other children
  • if you are a parent of a minor child, even when the child does not reside with you
  • if you are a legal caretaker of a child, even if you are not the biological parent
  • if you are a parent of a child between 18 and 19 years old who is a full-time student at a secondary, technical or vocational school
  • if you are a legal caretaker of a disabled person between 19 and 21 years of age who attends full-time secondary school.

It is important to know that TANF is only a temporary financial aid, which means that it is about to be terminated after a certain period of time. This is why, even while you are receiving the financial aid provided by this program, you need to work or stay engaged in job-related programs and trainings, in order to be able to support yourself and your family after the program expires. For more information visit Gov UK Benefits.

Read More