The Ins & Outs of TANF Programs

TANF is a federally funded grant program and stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It used to be known as “welfare”. The main goal of this program is to provide financial assistance and job opportunities to needy parents.

The program temporarily helps you provide for your family by giving you financial assistance and at the same time train you for work. By the end of your term, you should have acquired enough skills to qualify for a job. So basically, TANF is a program that will mold US citizens for a more stable future.

Before you apply for this program, you must first understand how it works because unlike what you probably expected, you will have to put forth some effort to gain the benefits. TANF will ask that you help yourself.

What can you get from TANF?

TANF isn’t designed to only provide for your family financially but it will also prepare you for a better future. It will provide you with work training and will even assist you in finding a job. To be specific, you will receive food stamps from this program as well as financial assistance.

Generally you will be required to work at least 30 hours each week. The only exception is if you are a single parent with a child younger than six years of age, then your weekly requirement will drop to only 20 hours a week. You will also have to be employed for at least 2 years.

Who is eligible for TANF?

If you are born and raised in the US then you can apply for this program. Immigrants will have to have lived in the US for at least 5 years. These are the only absolute requirements in TANF.

Other factors that will affect whether you will be accepted in this program depend entirely on the state that you live in. Different rules and requirements vary from state to state.

TANF is aptly named temporary assistance for needy families since it will only be available to each and every parent for a maximum of 5 years or 60 months. After this period, you will be expected to have found a job.

This program is also quite strict when it comes to the number of hours that you are expected to work. Make sure that you are able to reach your minimum work hours in order for you to stay in the program. Failure to do so can mean receiving less of your monthly financial assistance or worse, they can revoke your benefits.

TANF may not be called the exact same thing in the state where you live in. It is known as many others such as Welfare Transition Program in Florida, Kansas Works in Kansas and Family Independence in South Carolina.

The rules and requirements will also vary from the different states so it is advisable that you find out more about the TANF in your state before you apply for one.