Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

Updated June 14, 2019

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.

Eligible families of three with no income may receive $240 each month in cash benefits and it’s limited to no more than 24 months out of any 60 month period.

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.


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 flat grant of $222 per child.

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, please call