TANF is the major cash assistance program for Georgia families with needy children who have very limited income and resources.
The amount of cash benefit provided depends upon the family’s income and size. Georgia pays a maximum of $280 a month to a family of three with a monthly income below 45% of the poverty guideline.1
Receipt of cash assistance is, however, limited to 48 months in a lifetime. Recipients are also required to participate in a work program for at least 30 hours weekly.
If you are under-employed or can’t find employment, the program has acceptable work alternatives, such as job readiness training.
To apply for TANF, contact the county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office in the county where you live.
You may also apply online at Georgia Gateway — the new self-service portal to apply for Georgia’s public assistance programs, including TANF.
After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged by a staff person from DFCS to determine your family’s eligibility.
If you need help completing an application, please call
Georgia Gateway Help Desk
Upon approval, your benefits will be automatically deposited to your EBT Card account, officially known as Georgia EPPICard, which is accepted for purchases and cash withdrawals anywhere the MasterCard is accepted.2