Delaware TANF


TANF is Delaware’s main cash assistance program for lower income families with children under the age of 18. Delaware may extend eligibility to women in their ninth month of pregnancy.

It provides temporary financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical while they seek employment.

In Delaware, you cannot receive TANF checks for more than 36 months in your lifetime, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.

As a condition of eligibility, you must work or participate in work related activities for at least 30 hours a week to receive benefits.


You must complete and submit an application to any local DSS office in person and be interviewed by a Social Worker to determine your eligibility.

Applications can be made via Delaware ASSIST — an online application for Delaware residents to screen and apply for the State’s public assistance programs.

For additional information, call
302-255-9500


If you need short-term help rather than long-term ongoing cash assistance, you may request for one lump-sum payment through the Diversion Assistance Program.

The Diversion Assistance payment will not exceed $1,500 or the financial need resulting from the crisis, whichever is less.