Texas TANF


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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.

To be eligible for TANF cash assistance, a Texas family’s assets cannot exceed $1,000 and its income must not be more than 12% of the federal poverty level.

For example, a family of three with income of no more than $188 a month may receive up to $285 per month in cash benefits.1


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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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.


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.”


  1. How much money do you get from TANF in Texas?