Missouri TANF

Updated June 27, 2019

TANF, also known as Temporary Assistance (TA) in Missouri, provides temporary cash benefits to low-income families with dependent children.

To be considered low-income, applicants must not have more than $1,000 in countable resources at the time of application.

Those receiving benefits are required, as a condition of eligibility, to participate in work activities through the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program for a minimum number of hours per week, unless there is a good cause.1

If you do not meet the work requirements within six weeks, your TA benefits, which are capped at $292 a month for a family of three, will be reduced by fifty percent. All benefits would be cut off after an additional 10 weeks of non-compliance.


FAQ

  • How long can you receive TANF in Missouri?

    TANF cash assistance is intended to be a temporary means of support while families work towards self- sufficiency. Under the law, receipt of cash assistance in Missouri is limited to no more than 45 months (3 years and 9 months).

  • How do I apply for TANF in Missouri?

    Application for Missouri TANF can be made in person at your local Family Support Division office or online through Missouri myDSS for expedited processing.2

    If your application is approved, you will receive payment through direct deposit to your bank account or on the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card within 45 days.

  • Does Missouri drug test welfare recipients?

    Missouri requires applicants age 18 or older to answer questions about possible drug use, which may lead to a drug test. If you refuse to co-operate, you will be ineligible for TA benefits for three years.

To check the status of your application, call 800-392-1261. Help is available through this automated phone line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have any questions and need more information, please call
Family Support Division (FSD) Information Center
855-373-4636

References
  1. To find a MWA location near you, use the map location look up tool
  2. Click here to find the office that serves your area.
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