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What is TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families?

Many low income families can benefit from various programs that offer cash assistance.

With holidays and winter approaching, people are feeling a strain on their wallet now more than ever.

Families struggling may be able to get some reprieve this season from TANF programs created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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How does TANF work and how can I qualify?

TANF specifically helps families with children if the household’s basic needs cannot be met by the parents.

Grants are issued from the government to the states, and the states distribute funding to families in need.

What you make depends on factors like family size and income, but some states provide as much as $1,000 to families in need.

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To be eligible for TANF programs you must be a resident in the U.S. and the state you apply in.

If you’re underemployed or unemployed you could qualify, but you must meet one of the following qualifications as well:

  • Have a child under age 18
  • Be pregnant
  • Be 18 or younger and head of the household

To apply, you can find your local TANF office using this website.

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