Arizona Cash Assistance

Updated June 14, 2019

The Cash Assistance Program provides temporary cash assistance and supportive services to to the neediest of Arizona’s children and their families.1

To be considered a needy family, the countable income of a family must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines. That’s about $24,600 per year for a family of four.

Arizona’s TANF program provides one of the nation’s weakest safety nets for families with children. Eligible families are limited to no more than 12 months of cash benefits.

Those receiving cash benefits are required to complete and sign an agreement to engage in work activities through the Jobs Program — Arizona’s mandatory employment and training program.

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
(855) 432-7587

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 application date.

After the eligibility interview, you will be mailed a QUEST Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This EBT card works just like an ATM/debit card.

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.

  1. What is Cash Assistance in AZ?