District of Columbia TANF


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TANF provides temporary cash assistance to needy families with children. Only families with very low-incomes are eligible to apply for DC’s TANF program.

Apart from cash assistance, the District provides job training, job readiness, child care, tuition assistance, case management, and other supportive services.

A central component of the DC’s TANF program is its emphasis on work. Most TANF families are expected to participate in work activities as a condition of receiving cash benefits, or face reductions in benefits.

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D.C TANF Benefits Amount 2017

Currently, the monthly benefit for a family of three is just $441 a month. When you get a job and keep it for at least two weeks you will receive a bonus of $150, and an additional bonus of $500 if you keep your job for six months.


You must apply for TANF in person at your nearest Economic Security Administration (ESA) Service Center. An interview will be arranged to determine your eligibility.

To locate your nearest ESA Service Center, call
(202) 727-5355