Georgia TANF

TANF is the major cash assistance program for Georgia families with needy children who have very limited income and resources and may soon include pregnant women.

Pregnant mothers in the state of Georgia now have greater access to a welfare program once available only to parents who met a number of criteria.

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.

Support services are also available to recipients of TANF such as child care, transportation, medical services, and other services that are deemed necessary to keep the recipient employed.


Who is eligible for TANF in Georgia? #

To qualify for TANF in Georgia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Georgia.
  3. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
  4. Be unemployed or under employed for very low wages.

What is the income limit for TANF in Georgia? #

To be determined eligible, the income of all family members must be below the gross income ceiling based on their family size. The limit for countable resources is $1,000.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $435
  • 2 $659
  • 3 $784
  • 4 $925
  • 5 $1,060
  • 6 $1,149
  • 7 $1,243
  • 8 $1,319

For families already receiving benefits, they become ineligible if they exceed the maximum income limit after earnings or other income are disregarded.

How much is TANF in Georgia? #

How much monthly cash assistance you will get in Georgia largely depends upon your family’s income and the size of your household.

For example, Georgia pays a maximum of $280 a month to a family of three with an income below $784 a month and countable assets of less than $1,000.

How do I apply for TANF in Georgia? #

To apply for TANF in Georgia, please contact the county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office in the county where you live.

Find a County DFCS Office

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 eligibility.

If you need help completing an application, please call
Georgia Gateway Help Desk

How will I get my TANF benefits? #

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.

What is the $350 cash assistance in Georgia? #

If you have been enrolled and actively receiving Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids®, SNAP, and/or TANF benefits on July 31, 2022, you are eligible to receive a one-time cash assistance of up to $350.

No application is needed.

If you're not sure if you’re eligible, you can visit Georgia Gateway and navigate to the “Check My Benefits – Case Selection” page.

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