TANF is a support system for Texas families. Its purpose is to provide medical and financial assistance to underprivileged children in need and their guardians—parents, grandparents, or other relatives. Households eligible for TANF receive monthly Medicaid and cash benefits; the program uses state funds to financially assist families with two parents who are underemployed or unemployed, and so are unable to provide adequately for their children. In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be a resident of Texas;
  • either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age;
  • a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident;
  • have low or very low income;
  • and be either under-employed (working for very low wages); and
  • unemployed or about to become unemployed.

If parents or relatives accept TANF funds, they have to agree to certain conditions. Namely:

  • Train for a job or look for work.
  • Follow child support rules.
  • Not quit a job.
  • Not abuse alcohol or drugs.
  • Take parenting skills classes.
  • Get vaccines for their child.
  • Make sure their child is going to school.

For more information about the funds they provide and the conditions for assistance, click here, or review the sources below.


[Source: Benefits.gov – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families]

[Source: Your Texas Benefits.hhsc.gov – TANF Cash Help]