Information on TANF Louisiana Program. Louisiana TANF is also called Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
TANF Louisiana is a support service for Louisiana families. The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Louisiana 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 Louisiana?
To qualify for Louisiana TANF:
- you must be a resident of Louisiana,
- 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 Louisiana Application Process:
- To apply, download and complete the Application for Assistance:
https://webapps.dss.state.la.us/FAApplication/#You can find additional information about the application here:
You must then return the completed application to your Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) office, which you can find here:
- District offices:
- Parish offices:
When you apply, you will be asked to supply verification of information. This graph explains what must be verified, and provides examples of proof:
After your application is received and processed, you will be contacted to set up an interview with a staff member.
- District offices:
For more information on Louisiana TANF:
Program Contact Information
Louisiana DCFS, 627 N. Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802