Texas TANF

Updated June 28, 2019

Texas TANF provides cash assistance to needy children and the parents or grandparents with whom they are living.

In Texas, TANF serves only very poor families with children. An adult without children is not eligible to receive cash assistance.

Eligibility for TANF in Texas is limited to families with assets not exceeding $1,000 and countable incomes of not more than $188 per month for a single parent or caretaker with two children.


As the focus of TANF is self-sufficiency through work, families who receive cash assistance must actively seek employment or participate in work activities.

Unless exempted for good cause, they are required to work at least 30 hours per week or participate for at least 20 hours a week in approved work activities.

If they do not comply, they will be denied benefits.

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FAQ

  • How much money do you get from TANF in Texas?

    How much money you get from TANF in Texas largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a single mother of two with no income may receive up to $290 per month in cash benefits.

  • How much is a one time TANF payment in Texas?

    One-time TANF of up to $1,000 in cash is also available for families in crisis — including losing a job, losing a home, or a medical emergency. However, it can be given only once in a 12-month period to those who qualify.

    To receive a one-time TANF payment, families must meet the same eligibility requirements required for “TANF for Families.”

    Texas also gives certain grandparents a one-time $1,000 payment for taking care of grandchildren.

  • How long can you receive TANF in Texas?

    TANF is intended to be a temporary means of support while families work towards self- sufficiency. Under the law, Texas limits receipt of TANF cash assistance to a total of 60 months (5 years).

Application for TANF can be made online through YourTexasBenefits.com. If you need help applying for benefits, call 1-877-541-7905 for assistance.

Cash benefits are issued on a monthly basis through the Lone Star Card that can be used in the same way any other debit card is used.

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