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 sign a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) which among other things, you must agree to:
- work or participate in work-related activities for 30 hours a week, unless exempt;
- cooperate with child support requirements;
- ensure that your children stay in school and receive regular health checks and immunization shots.
- Do I qualify for Families First?
In order to qualify for Families First, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal alien, or permanent resident who live in Tennessee
- Be either pregnant, disabled, elderly, or uninsurable
- Be responsible for a child under 19 years of age
- Be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages)
- Agree to work or attend work preparation activity, if not exempt
- How do I sign up for Families First?
Tennesseans may apply for Families First benefits at the local Department of Human Services county office 1 or
Apply online via
Family Assistance (FA) Online Application
Families First cash assistance benefits are issued and accessed electronically using a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card which can be used wherever EBT is accepted.
For additional information, call
Family Assistance Service Center
- Click here for a list of county offices locations and phone numbers for which to submit your application.