Alabama TANF

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 net 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.


How do I qualify for TANF in Alabama? #

To qualify for TANF in Alabama, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Alabama.
  3. Be either pregnant or be responsible for a child under 19 years of age.
  4. Be unemployed or under employed with very low wages equal to or less than the payment standards.

What is the income limit for TANF in Alabama? #

In Alabama, a family is considered “needy” when their net countable income is less than $215 a month for a family of three. There is no asset limit in Alabama.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $165
  • 2 $190
  • 3 $215
  • 4 $245
  • 5 $275
  • 6 $305
  • 7 $335
  • 8 $365

How much do I get for TANF in Alabama? #

How much does TANF pay in Alabama depends upon your family’s income and size. Alabama pays one of the lowest TANF benefits in the nation. For a family of three, that amount is only $215 a month.

Only Arkansas offers a lower benefit, at $204 a month.

How can I apply for TANF in Alabama? #

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

Use the map here to find the DHR office contact in your county

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

Those with internet access may apply online at OneAlabama, the latest online application portal for Alabama’s Family Assistance and JOBS program.

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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