Arizona’s Cash Assistance Program provides temporary cash assistance and supportive services to to the neediest of Arizona’s children and their families.
To be considered a needy family, the countable income of a family must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines. That’s about $21,330 a year for a family of three.
Arizona’s TANF program provides one of the nation’s weakest safety nets for families with children. Eligibility is limited to no more than 12 months of cash benefits.
Those receiving cash benefits are also required by law to complete and sign an agreement to engage in work activities through the Jobs Program — Arizona’s mandatory employment and training program.
- How much money do you get for cash assistance in Arizona?
How much money you get in Arizona largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a single mother of two with no income may receive up to $278 per month in cash benefits.
- How do I apply for cash assistance in Arizona?
Whether you are applying for the first time, or renewing your benefits, submit your completed application through Health-e-Arizona Plus, the same application used to apply for Medicaid and Nutrition Assistance.
To request a paper application be mailed to you, call
- How long does it take to get approved for cash assistance?
Once your application is filed, you will be contacted for an eligibility interview. A decision will be made, at the latest, 45 days from the date of your application.
If you’re eligible, you will receive a QUEST Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to withdraw cash at an ATM or used wherever EBT is accepted.
If you are not currently receiving Cash Assistance, you may request for one large lump-sum payment through the Grant Diversion Program. Ask your eligibility interviewer about this program during your interview.