Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides temporary cash assistance and work-readiness services to low-income families with children.

The goal of ATAP is to “move Alaskans from welfare into jobs” so they can support the families on their own.

For that reason, ATAP participants are required to immediately seek paid employment opportunities or participate in work related activities for a specified number of hours per week, unless otherwise exempt. 1

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How much does TANF pay in Alaska? #

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The amount of cash assistance a family receives largely depends on the family’s size, income and shelter expenses. For example, Alaska pays the poorest families a maximum of $923 per month for a family of three.

The law, however, allows eligible families to receive cash benefits for no more than 60 months, unless the family qualifies for a time-limit exemption.

How do I apply for welfare in Alaska? #

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To apply for Alaska Temporary Assistance Program, you need to download an application and submit it to the Public Assistance office closest to you.

Click here for a list of Public Assistance local offices.

After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged by a caseworker from Division of Public Assistance to determine your family’s eligibility.

For additional details, call
(907) 465-3347

How much is adult public assistance in Alaska? #

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Adult Public Assistance (APA) is another program run by the Alaska Division of Public Assistance that provides cash assistance​ to needy aged, blind, and disabled Alaskans with income and resources within APA eligibility threshold.

A person who is single can get up to $1,156 per month in APA benefits or $1,719 per month for a couple.


Alaskan seniors who are age 65 or older may also apply for Senior Benefits Program that pays $125, $175, or $250 each month depending on income.

To apply for Senior Benefits Program, please complete and return this application form to

Senior Benefits Program
855 W. Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654


  1. No minimum weekly or monthly number of attendance hours applies to single parents under age 20 who participate in High School or GED Preparation.