TANF Hawaii

Information on TANF Hawaii Program.  Hawaii TANF is also called Hawaii Financial Assistance

TANF Hawaii is a support service for Hawaii families.  The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Hawaii 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 Hawaii?

To qualify for Hawaii TANF:

  • you must be a resident of Hawaii,
  • 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 Hawaii Application Process:

  • To download and print an application for Hawaii Financial Assistance (TANF), please go to:

    This application must be mailed or hand-delivered to the state of Hawaii Department of Human Services. We do not yet process on-line applications.

    Send completed applications to the local office listed in the application.

    Program Contact Information

    To learn more about the Hawaii Financial Assistance program (TANF), please contact the Hawaii Department of Human Services Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division at: 808-643-1643

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