Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI)

Updated June 20, 2019

Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) provides monthly cash assistance and work preparation services for needy families with kids in Idaho.

A family is considered “needy” when their countable income is less than $389 a month for a family of three. The limit for countable resources is $5,000.

TAFI is designed to provide temporary cash assistance. Monthly cash benefits are provided to eligible families up to a lifetime limit of 24 months.

Extended Cash Assistance (ECA) may be provided to families who have received 24 months of cash assistance, for up to another 36 months.


As a condition of eligibility, all work-ready applicants will be required to participate in Idaho’s Enhanced Work Services (EWS) Program for a specified number of hours per week.

Through EWS, services essential to the participant’s entry into employment will be provided on an individualized basis.

Application for TAFI can be done online via IdaLink — the official self-service portal for residents of Idaho to apply for public assistance from the comfort of their home.

Before the application can be approved, applicants will be required to engage in job search activities, unless otherwise exempt.

To find out about your eligibility, call

The Aid for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD) Program, the other cash assistance under TANF, provides a certain amount of cash each month for individuals who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled — capped at $53 per person.