Georgia TANF

Updated June 26, 2019

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

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.

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FAQ

  • How much is TANF in Georgia?

    How much money you get for TANF in Georgia largely depends upon your 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.

  • How do you qualify for TANF in Georgia?

    To apply for TANF, 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
1-877-423-4746


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.1

References
  1. How will I get my TANF benefits?
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