TANF is designed to provide temporary cash assistance to children and their parents while the family works toward becoming self-supporting.
The amount of cash assistance a family receives depends on the family’s size and income. For example, TANF offers the poorest families in Maine a maximum of $582 per month for a family of three.1
The law, however, allows families to receive cash benefits for no more than 60 months, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.
Apart from cash aid, benefits include vouchers for child care and transportation assistance, “employment support”, intended to meet the basic needs of families.
How to apply for TANF in Maine?
Application for Maine TANF can now be made online via
My Maine Connection
You can also use the “pre-screener” to find out if you may qualify for other benefits such as SNAP, MaineCare, plus WIC, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
After submitting your application, a DHHS caseworker will call you to arrange a face-to-face interview and an orientation meeting. Eligibility is determined after both the interview and the orientation are completed.
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What if I need emergency cash assistance?
Families who seek one-time, short-term assistance while searching for a job may apply for Alternative Aid Assistance instead of TANF.
Voucher payments equal to up to three (3) months worth of TANF benefits are available to families to help them avoid the need for TANF benefits.
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