TANF is designed to provide 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 $485 per month for a family of three.1
The law, however, allows families to receive TANF 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 child care and transportation assistance, “employment support”, among others.
Families who are otherwise eligible for the TANF program 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.
Application can 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 review your eligibility.
For assistance, please call