Information on TANF Illinois Program
TANF Illinois is a support service for Texas families. The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Illinois 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 Illinois?
To qualify for Illinois TANF:
- you must be a resident of Illinois,
- 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 Illinois Application Process:
- A person may apply for TANF at a local office that serves the area where they live. Use the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Office Locator to help find the nearest Family Community Resource Center: