Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides time-limited 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. To attain this goal, the program uses the "Work First" approach.

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


Do I qualify for welfare in Alaska? #

To qualify for welfare in Alaska, 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 Alaska.
  3. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
  4. Be unemployed or under employed for very low wages.
  5. Meet income limit guidelines.

What is the income limit for TANF in Alaska? #

In Alaska, a family is considered “needy” when their countable income is less than $1,977 a month for a family of three. The limit for countable resources is $2,000.

The income limits for families of different sizes are listed in the table below.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $1,756
  • 2 $1,756
  • 3 $1,977
  • 4 $2,197
  • 5 $2,419
  • 6 $2,640
  • 7 $2,860
  • 8 $3,083

How much does TANF pay in Alaska? #

The amount of cash assistance eligible families in Alaska may receive largely depends on the family’s size, income and shelter expenses.

For example, Alaska pays a maximum of $923 per month for a family of three with assets not exceeding $2,000.

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? #

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
(800) 478-7778

How much is adult public assistance in Alaska? #

Adult Public Assistance (APA) is another state 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 and residing in an assisted living facility can get up to $1,014 per month in APA benefits or $1,571 per month for a couple. 2

Alaskan seniors who are age 65 or older may also apply for Senior Benefits Program that pays $76, $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.
  2. Adult Public Assistance Income Limits and Payment Standards.
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