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What is TANF Time Limit?

Question:  What is TANF Time Limit?

Answer:  You can only get TANF for 60 months. TANF limit applies to all adults and heads of households.  Adults who reach the 60 months limit cannot collect TANF for themselves or their children. If you get any benefits from TANF during a month, even if you only receive $1, that month will count as one month against your 60 months limit. Periods of receipt need not be consecutive to count towards the 60 months limit.

How much TANF money will I get?

Question:  How much TANF money will I get?

Answer:  The total TANF family’s monthly payment amount is based on family size. The maximum payment a family may receive is the payment level for the particular family size.  It ranges from $100 to $600+ depending on which state you live, your income and family size.   There are other factors too.

In order to qualify for TANF, there are usually strict income limit and resource limit.  Most states have a maximum resource limit of $1,000 or $2,000 before you become ineligible for TANF.

How do I apply for TANF?

Question: How do I apply for TANF?

Answer:  Each state administer their own TANF program.  You should apply for TANF at your local or county welfare office.  Click here for your state’s TANF program.

Some states allow you to apply online while others require a in-person visit to the local welfare office.

What is TANF?

Question:  What is TANF?

Answer:  TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The program provides Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) in order to:

  1. reduce the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting work so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
  2. prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and
  3. promote family unity.

TANF is also known as Welfare program or Cash Assistance Program.