TANF Cash Help

TANF for families

What it offers

Monthly cash payments to help pay for:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Phone
  • Laundry
  • Supplies for the home
  • Medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid
  • Other basic needs

Who is it for?

Families with children age 18 and younger. Families who can get this help have little to no money or don’t have a way to get money. A family can be: (1) parents and their children, or (2) relatives caring for related children.

To see if a family can get TANF, we must look at:

  • The amount of money the family has.
  • The value of things the family is paying for or owns.
  • The amount the family pays for child care and child support.

Maximum monthly income limits

The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) a person or family can get and still be in this program. Some people might be able to get benefits even if their income is higher than what is listed in this chart.

Are you a grandparent or an adult caring for a related child? The child you care for might be able to get TANF even if your income is higher than what is listed in this chart. 

Maximum monthly income limits
Family size Child-only cases Home with
1 parent or
1 caretaker
Home with
2 parents or
2 caretakers
1 $64 $78 --------
2 $92 $163 $125
3 $130 $188 $206
4 $154 $226 $231
5 $198 $251 $268

For each additional person, add $43.

Other facts

If a child’s parent or relative gets TANF, the parent or relative must agree to:

  • Train for a job or look for work.
  • Follow child support rules.
  • Not quit a job.
  • Not abuse alcohol or drugs.
  • Take parenting skills classes.
  • Get vaccines for their child.
  • Make sure their child is going to school.

If you get TANF, we will tell you how you can get help following program rules.

Maximum monthly TANF amount
 

Maximum monthly amount
Family size Child-only cases Home with
1 parent or
1 caretaker
Home with
2 parents or
2 caretakers
1 $98 $120 --------
2 $141 $248 $189
3 $197 $286 $313
4 $235 $344 $352
5 $302 $382 $408

For each additional person, add $66.