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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

What is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?

The Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, previously known as Aid to Families with Children (ADFC), is a support service for Texas families.

The objective of TANF is to offer financial and medical aid to poor needy children and the parents or relatives with whom they are staying.

Qualifying TANF families get monthly cash and Medicaid assistances. TANF utilizes state funds to offer cash support to households with two parents who both get aid with children without parental aid as a result of the loss of job or underemployment of a parent.

Who is eligible for this program?

To become eligible for this benefit program, you need to be a resident of Texas, either pregnant or accountable for a child below 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, receive low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), without a job or about to lose the job.

How to apply for this program?

To apply for this program, please get in touch with the local administering agency near you:

What is the Program Contact Information?

For details on Texas Works, please visit: Or you can call the Texas Department of Human Service (DHS) toll-free at: 1-800-448-3927 Or send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.