TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TANF is a federal program designed to help families achieve self-sufficiency so they no longer need government aid on an ongoing basis. To reach that goal, the TANF program has four aims:

  • 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

The U.S. government gives money to the states and each state uses that money in the way it sees fit in order to meet those aims. That means each state runs its own TANF program, and each state’s program is a little different.

To understand who qualifies for TANF in your state and what benefits are offered, choose your state below: