South Dakota TANF

Updated June 19, 2019

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

  • Promoting family responsibility and accountability
  • Encouraging self-sufficiency through work

In addition to help finding work, South Dakota families with serious financial needs may qualify for TANF monthly cash payments.

In South Dakota, a single mother of two children may receive up to $615 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.


As a condition of eligibility, South Dakota requires TANF applicants to work in allowable work activities a minimum of 30 hours each week.

If you have a child under age 6, you are required to participate in an approved work activity for an average of 20 hours per week.


TANF is a work program. You begin the application process with an employment specialist, unless you are not required to participate in a work program.

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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