Tennessee Families First


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Families First is Tennessee’s welfare program that provides temporary cash benefits to eligible low-income families with children.

These benefits will be limited to 60 months of eligibility in a lifetime, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.

To be eligible for the program, you must agree to follow a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) which among other things, you agree to work or be in work-related activities for 30 hours a week, unless otherwise exempt.

In addition, you must agree to cooperate with child support requirements and ensure that your children stay in school and receive regular health checks and immunization shots.


Tennesseans may apply for Families First benefits at the local Department of Human Services county office1 or

Apply online via
Family Assistance (FA) Online Application

For additional information, call
Family Assistance Service Center
1-866-311-4287


  1. Click here for a list of county offices locations and phone numbers for which to submit your application.