Alabama TANF

Updated June 24, 2019

Alabama’s Family Assistance (FA) Program provides temporary financial assistance for needy families with children whose income must meet the eligibility thresholds.

To be considered financially eligible, families must have a monthly income lower than the maximum benefit for their family size. In Alabama, that amount is $215 a month for a family of three.

Under Alabama’s “Work First” approach, most adult recipients of cash assistance are required to participate in TANF employment program (JOBS) for up to 40 hours a week, unless otherwise exempt.

Failure to comply with the work requirements, without a good cause, will have their benefits reduced or revoked.

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FAQ

  • How do I qualify for TANF in Alabama?

    In order to qualify for TANF in Alabama, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident and a resident of the state of Alabama.

    You must also be either pregnant or be responsible for a child under 19 years of age and be unemployed or under employed with very low wages.

  • How much do you get for TANF in Alabama?

    How much does welfare pay in Alabama largely depends upon your family’s income and size. Alabama pays a maximum of $215 a month to a family of three — one of the lowest TANF benefits in the nation.

Application for Family Assistance (FA) Program can be filed in person at the Department of Human Resources in the county where you reside.

Alabama’s County Office Contact Lookup

For additional details, please call
(334) 242-1310


Those with internet access may apply online at MyAlabama.gov — the online application portal for Alabama’s public assistance, including Family Assistance.

After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged to determine your family’s eligibility, either by phone or in person.

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