This article provides information on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This material is excerpted from Your Texas Benefits, a website published by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
What is TANF?
Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) is a monthly cash payment to help pay for:
- Supplies for the home
- Medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid
- Other basic needs
Who is TANF for?
Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) is for families with children age 18 and younger. Families who can get this help have little to no money or don’t have a way to get money.
A family can be:
- parents and their children, or
- relatives caring for related children.
To see if a family can get TANF, look at:
- The amount of money the family has;
- The value of things the family is paying for or owns; and
- The amount the family pays for child care and child support.
Other TANF Facts
If a child’s parent or relative gets TANF, the parent or relative must agree to:
- Train for a job or look for work.
- Follow child support rules.
- Not quit a job.
- Not abuse alcohol or drugs.
- Take parenting skills classes.
- Get vaccines for their child.
- Make sure their child is going to school.
If you get TANF, you will be told how you can get help in following the program rules.
Maximum Monthly Income Limits
The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) a person or family can get and still be in this program. Some people might be able to get benefits even if their income is higher than what is listed in this chart.
Are you a grandparent or an adult caring for a related child? The child you care for might be able to get TANF even if your income is higher than what is listed in this chart.
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