Missouri TANF


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

As the name implies, receipt of cash assistance is limited to no more than 45 months (3 years and 9 months).

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.

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.


Application for Missouri TANF can be made in person at your local Family Support Division office or online through Missouri myDSS for expedited processing.1

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.


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.


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