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Welfare benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded, state-run program. Also known as welfare, TANF helps families financially after experiencing hardship.

Recipients may qualify for help with:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Home energy
  • Child care
  • Job training

Each state or tribal government runs its TANF program differently and has a different name.

Find out if you are eligible for TANF and apply

Every state or tribal territory has its own rules for who's eligible for financial help, services, or other benefits. You must be a resident of the state where you are applying.

Find your local TANF office

Report TANF fraud or file a complaint

If you suspect possible welfare fraud or have a complaint about TANF:

LAST UPDATED: April 4, 2023


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