South Dakota TANF

South Dakota TANF is a temporary public assistance program for low-income families with children under age 18.

The primary focus of the program is to help families help themselves “move from welfare to work” by

  1. Promoting family responsibility and accountability
  2. Encouraging self-sufficiency through work

As a condition of eligibility, South Dakota requires TANF applicants to work in allowable work activities a minimum of 30 hours each week or 20 hours per week if you have a child under age 6.


Who is eligible for TANF in South Dakota? #

To qualify for TANF in South Dakota, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of South Dakota.
  3. Be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages).
  4. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
  5. Meet income limit guidelines.

How much do I get for TANF in South Dakota? #

In South Dakota, a family of three may receive up to $701 per month but may vary based on who lives with the family, who is eligible in the household and other income available to the family.

Figure shown below is the monthly maximum benefits for families in which the parent has the sole responsibility for all shelter costs.

  • Family Size Maximum Benefit
  • 1 $512
  • 2 $627
  • 3 $701
  • 4 $775
  • 5 $848
  • 6 $922
  • 7 $996
  • 8 $1,070

How do I apply for welfare in South Dakota? #

Application for TANF in South Dakota can be accepted online. The SD DSS Online System is one way for South Dakota residents to apply for benefits.

Although an interview is still required to qualify for TANF benefits, the application process begins the moment the application is submitted electronically.

Your eligibility is, however, handled by a caseworker at your local DSS office who will determine if you qualify for the program.

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