Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) is Louisiana’s version of TANF, commonly known as “welfare”.

Louisiana FITAP provides cash assistance to families with children. Eligibility is limited to needy families earning at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

All work-eligible FITAP recipients must participate in work activities through the STEP program, aimed at helping welfare recipients become self-sufficient.

Louisiana’s Strategies to Empower People Program (STEP) provides a range of services, including vocational training and GED preparation.


Who qualifies for welfare in Louisiana? #


In order to qualify for welfare in Louisiana, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and be unemployed or under employed with very low wages.

You must also be a resident of the state of Louisiana and be responsible for a child under 19 years of age.

How much does welfare pay in Louisiana? #


Eligible families of three with no income may receive $484 each month in cash benefits and it’s limited to no more than 24 months out of any 60 month period.

Starting January 2022, Louisiana families that qualify for FITAP can expect to see their monthly benefit amount increase from $240 to the national average which is $484.

What is Kinship Care Subsidy Program? #


The second form of cash assistance in Louisiana is the Kinship Care Subsidy Program for eligible children who live with qualified relatives other than parents. Eligible families may receive a monthly cash assistance of $222 for each qualifying child.

How do I apply for FITAP in Louisiana? #


Application for FITAP and other Louisiana public benefits can be made online via LA CAFÉ. If you do not already have a CAFÉ account, please create one.

Once the application is filed, an eligibility worker will set up an interview, by phone or in person, to screen your likely eligibility.

If you have questions about FITAP, please call