Requirements for qualifying for TANF may differ depending on your state, but the basic qualifications remain the same throughout all states, at the Federal level. The main ways TANF requirements are categorized are income requirements, work activity requirements, behavioral requirements, and asset requirements.
As with all government funded benefits programs, a major qualifying factor for TANF applicants is household income level. The incomes, assets and resources of every household member are considered together, and equal what your income level is. TANF applicants must also have at least one minor dependent child in their household.
Related and unrelated dependent children all meet eligibility requirements. The state of Delaware grants extended eligibility to students who graduate high school prior to turning nineteen and pregnant women nine months or beyond in their pregnancy.
There are additional factors TANF considers to determine recipient eligibility. These factors are largely related to employment status, marital status and parental education and compliance.
Prospective recipients are required to look for and take employment when offered. Cooperation with the Division of Child Support Services can sometimes also be a requirement.
Dependent children are required to attend school full-time and prove all required vaccination shots are valid and current. The adult recipients are also permitted to attend school, provided school and work hours equal at least twenty hours per week.
Finally, some recipients may be required to take TANF sponsored parenting skills classes, in order to continue receiving TANF benefits.
TANF is only one way you can receive cash benefits to help cover food costs. Next, learn how you can receive cash to help pay for groceries from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.