TANF and Other Aid Programs

Our circumstances are not easy. To fight a battle for two alone is difficult but before you single moms out there think you are alone, I would like to say you are not. If you lack the resources to sufficiently support your family, fret not. There are benefits which can ease your burden.

One program provided by the government is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) This assistance program is nationwide and provides cash assistance for low-income families among other things. These are some of them found in different states:

Alabama: Family Assistance

It offers financial help for the basic needs of families with dependents whose income does not exceed the standard of this agency. These are its services: Public Assistance, JOBS, Alabama Fatherhood Initiative. For more information, you can visit this page:http://www.dhr.state.al.us/page.asp?pageid=357.

Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

This program has a 60-month limit on its assistance and caters to families which have countable resources of less than $2,000. The family must have an income less than the ATAP’s limit to be eligible for this. For more info: visit ATAP.

Arizona: EMPOWER

This state has a very comprehensive program for its citizens. It has services like “short-term crisis” which temporarily helps low-income families, during an emergency, towards stability. Where to find assistance in Arizona.

California: CALWORKS

This programs assists in preparing and obtaining an employment. It serves all 58 counties of this state. Learn more here: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG141.htm.

Colorado: Colorado Works

This is a program under TANF which requires recipients of its services to render services for the food stamps given. Dig in: http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/employmentfirst/Workfare.htm

Connecticut: JOBS FIRST

This gives aid in form of cash for the basic and special needs of the recipient. Those who receive this aid will receive money up to the Federal Poverty Level for 21 months. Find out here: www.ct.gov.

Delaware: ASSIST

This program provides medical assistance, cash assistance, food stamp benefits and child care services. Details are found at Delaware Assist.


They offer a wide range of assistance for its citizens such as Homeless Assistance, Homeless Resource Sheet, Housing and Shelters, Permanent Supportive Housing, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program and Teen Parents. Visit DC Dept of Human Services.


It provides food assistance, temporary cash assistance and medicaid. These programs are aimed at helping low-income families. Learn more about the Access Florida Program.

Visiting your home state’s website is the fastest route to uncovering assistance programs to aid you in your time of need.