TANF Wisconsin

Information on TANF Wisconsin Program. TANF Wisconsin is also called Wisconsin Works (W-2)

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

To qualify for Wisconsin TANF:

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

  • To apply for W-2 benefits contact your local W-2 agency.  To find your local W-2 agency please refer to the W-2 Agency Locator or call  608-267-3905 for more information.

For more information on Wisconsin TANF:

Program Contact Information

Department of Children and Families
201 East Washington Avenue, Second Floor
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916

Telephone: 608-267-3905
Fax: 608-266-6836
Email: dcfweb@wisconsin.gov