Hawaii TANF

Updated June 26, 2019

Hawaii TANF is a time-limited welfare program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to needy families with children.

It is designed to help low-income Hawaiian families while they work towards becoming self-sufficient.

In order to qualify for TANF benefits, you must be responsible for a child under 19 years of age with a total gross income under 185% of the poverty level. Pregnant women are also eligible during her 9-month pregnancy.


  • How much do you get on welfare in Hawaii?

    Hawaii offers the poorest families a maximum of $610 per month for a family of three for a lifetime total of 60 months.

  • How much is a one time TANF payment in Hawaii?

    For families in crisis, Hawaii provides one-time benefit of up to $1,000 in cash which can be given only once in a 12-month period.

    To get a one-time TANF payment, families must meet the same eligibility requirements required for regular TANF.

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible participants are required to participate in Hawaii’s First-To-Work Program (FTW) beginning with an initial 21-day up-front assisted job search program.

You may apply for TANF benefits in person at the DHS’ Benefit, Employment and Support Services Office.

An interview with an eligibility worker will be arranged to determine your eligibility. In most cases, benefits will be paid from that filing date if you’re eligible.

For further assistance, please call
Public Assistance Information Line

Adults without minor dependents ages 18-64 who are temporarily disabled and who do not qualify for public assistance may apply for Hawaii’s General Assistance.

Currently, the monthly benefit is about $348 a month for an individual. Eligible couples receive $469 per month.

For more information about the GA Program, visit