Temporary Financial Help for Single Mothers: The Ultimate Guide

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Temporary financial help is available for single mothers or low income families who are facing foreclosure, lost incomes, unemployment or underemployment through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of TANF is to enable families achieve self sufficiency through various ways including finding work, affordable housing, Medicaid insurance, etc. Welfare programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) prior to 1996 were replaced with TANF and the federal government provides funding to all states & territories so they can run TANF under their own banners. Thus, each state has its own rules for qualifying families to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Basic Requirements to Qualify for TANF

One of the most basic requirements that qualify families for TANF benefits is the willingness to participate in a working contract for at least 30 hours per week. This includes finding employment in your specialty area, attending job training & resume building services, etc. Once employed, you can receive TANF benefits while you become self sufficient. Note that TANF benefits can only be received for up to 60 months in a family’s lifetime. Benefits include cash payments, food and subsidized housing. Benefits received such as childcare assistance or transportation for employed families does NOT count towards the 60 month limit. If your family does happen to run out of the 60 month time limit for receiving TANF benefits, there are other options including food stamps for single mothers, child care assistance for single moms or government housing grants.


State TANF Websites

As mentioned above, each state maintains its own set of rules for application & eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Below, we did some research and found all webpages of TANF websites by State. Select your state from the list below, read on eligibility requirements and follow the instructions on how to apply. Most sites also have a pre-screening eligibility tool that will inform you if you are eligible right away, use it and learn about your financial situation. Good luck!

Alabama Alabama Family Assistance Program
Alaska Alaska Temporary Assistance Program
Arizona Arizona Cash Assistance Program
Arkansas Arkansas TANF
California Calworks TANF
Colorado Colorado Works TANF
Connecticut Connecticut TANF
Delaware Cash Assistance Services TANF
District of Columbia DC Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Florida Florida Temporary Cash Assistance
Georgia Georgia TANF
Hawaii Hawaii TANF
Idaho Idaho Cash Assistance for Families
Illinois Illinois TANF
Indiana Indiana TANF
Iowa Iowa Temporary and Disability Assistance
Kansas Kansas Cash Assistance
Kentucky Kentucky Family Support
Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program
Maine Maine TANF
Maryland Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance
Massachusetts Massachusetts Cash Assistance
Michigan Michigan Emergency Grants
Minnesota Minnesota TANF
Mississippi Mississippi TANF
Missouri Missouri Temporary Assistance
Montana Public Assistance Programs
Nebraska Aid to Dependent Children
Nevada Nevada TANF
New Hampshire New Hampshire TANF
New Jersey New Jersey TANF
New Mexico New Mexico TANF
New York NY Temporary Assistance
North Carolina Work First
North Dakota ND TANF
Ohio Ohio TANF
Oklahoma Oklahoma TANF
Oregon Oregon TANF
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania TANF
South Carolina Family Independence Program
South Dakota South Dakota TANF
Tennessee Tennessee Families First
Texas Texas TANF
Utah Utah TANF
Vermont Reach Up in Vermont
Virginia Virginia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Washington Washington Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
West Virginia WV Works Family Assistance
Wisconsin Wisconsin Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Wyoming Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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