Georgia Financial Assistance (TANF) – How it Works and Who Qualifies

Georgia Financial Assistance (TANF) – How it Works and Who Qualifies

Kim Pinnelli

by Kim Pinnelli
Senior Contributing Writer

August 3, 2021
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Georgia Financial Assistance (TANF) – How it Works and Who Qualifies

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If your family is struggling to make ends meet, and you live in Georgia, the Georgia Financial Assistance program, TANF, may help. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and is a monthly cash assistance program for families with children.

It’s aimed at low and very low household income families with children under the age of 18, helping to make ends meet. It also helps needy parents with employment-related issues so you can get back on your feet, supporting yourselves.

Families facing household income issues and requiring TANF may also be required to work with the Georgia Department of Human Services and Division of Child Support Services. The requirements vary by situation and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What is Georgia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families?

The Georgia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs provides low and very low-income families with supplemental income each month. The program helps families have enough income to be able to care for their family in their homes. It focuses on families with children, helping the parents become self-sufficient so they can help give their children the best possible future.

Who Qualifies for Georgia Financial Assistance?

To qualify for Georgia financial assistance, such as TANF, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live in Georgia as a resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Have a child or children living with you or be pregnant

The children living with you must be your children and be under the age of 18. The program provides families who meet the criteria with monthly cash assistance to help them independently take care of their families.

If your children are over the age of 18 but are in school full-time, they may also help you qualify for financial assistance.

The program requires periodic review to ensure you still qualify for the assistance. They’ll tell you the frequency you must requalify for the program when you apply.

How to Apply for TANF

To apply for TANF, visit the Georgia Gateway website and create an account. You must provide the following information to create an account:

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Cell phone number
  • Create a user ID and password
  • Select and answer security questions

If you have any questions about the application or how to apply, you can also contact your local office by phone at 1-800-869-1150.

If you prefer to apply on paper, you can download the application here. You must complete the entire application and send it to your local DFCS office.

Final Thoughts

If your family is struggling, don’t do it alone. Georgia offers Georgia Financial Assistance programs to ensure you and your family have the support you need. Whether you need monthly supplemental income, help buying food or clothing, or help finding a job, there are government plans to help you and your family.