Florida Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Updated June 14, 2019

The Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) program is designed to provide temporary financial assistance to eligible families with children under age 18.

Pregnant women in their third trimester may also be eligible to receive TCA if unable to work. Otherwise, TCA eligibility is available in the 9th month of pregnancy.

For a family of three in Florida, the TCA payment is $303 a month and it’s limited to no more than 48 months.1

Florida requires all work-eligible TCA participants, as a condition of eligibility, to register for work or participate in work related activities through Welfare Transition Program.

Through an array of support services and programs, WTP helps families “transition from welfare to work” by emphasizing self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.


Application for TANF can be made online through ACCESS Florida — the self-service web portal to prescreen or apply for Cash Assistance, Food Assistance and Medicaid.

Once your application is filed, you will be contacted for an eligibility interview, usually within 5 days.

To check the status of your application, call

Relative Caregiver Program

This program provides monthly cash assistance to grandparents or relatives who have legal custody of a child under age 18.

The Relative Caregiver payments are currently $242 monthly for a child from birth through age five, $249 monthly for a child age six through age twelve, and $298 monthly for a child age thirteen to age 18.

As with other child-only TANF, grandparents or relatives are not subject to the TANF work requirements or time limits.

  1. An exception is made in cases of severe hardship, or if a family member has a medically verifiable disability.