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TANF Pennsylvania

Information on TANF Pennsylvania Program

TANF Pennsylvania is a support service for Pennsylvania families.  The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Pennsylvania is to provide financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living.  Eligible TANF households receive monthly cash and Medicaid benefits. TANF uses state funds to provide cash assistance to families.

Under TANF, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more TANF benefits. The 60 months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count

Do You Qualify for TANF Pennsylvania?

To qualify for Pennsylvania TANF:

  • you must be a resident of Pennsylvania,
  • either pregnant OR responsible for a child under 19 years of age,
  • a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident,
  • have low or very low income,
  • and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

TANF Pennsylvania Application Process:

To apply for TANF, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW web site and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found on the following website:

You may also apply online at:

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW website:

For questions concerning the Pennsylvania TANF program, contact the Welfare Helpline at