Arizona’s Cash Assistance Program (TANF) provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to the neediest of Arizona’s children and their families.
Arizona has one of the nation’s weakest safety nets for families with children where eligibility for TANF is limited to no more than 12 months of cash benefits, making it the nation's shortest such limit.
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 do you qualify for TANF in Arizona? #
To qualify for TANF in Arizona, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
- Live in Arizona.
- Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
- Be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages).
What is the income limit for TANF in Arizona? #
In Arizona, a family is considered “needy” when their gross countable income is at or below the federal poverty guidelines. That’s about $1,919 per month for a family of three.
- Family Size Income Limit
- 1 $1,133
- 2 $1,526
- 3 $1,919
- 4 $2,313
- 5 $2,928
- 6 $2,706
- 7 $3,099
- 8 $3,493
How much money do I get for cash assistance in Arizona? #
Arizona’s cash assistance benefit level is among the lowest in the country at $278 per month for a single-parent family of three with no other income.
If you are not currently receiving Cash Assistance, you may opt for one lump-sum payment up to $834 through the Grant Diversion Program.
Ask your eligibility interviewer about "diversion payment" during your interview.
How do I apply for cash assistance in Arizona? #
Whether you are applying for the first time, or renewing your benefits, submit your 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.