Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


Mother holding her babyThe Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is intended to move families from public assistance to self-sufficiency by providing cash assistance along with work readiness, training and job placement services.

An application checklist for the TANF program can be found here.

TANF benefits are placed on an Electronic Payment Card (EPC). Find more info about the EPC by clicking here.


Eligibility Information

If you are a relative taking care of a child, you and the child may be eligible if the child is:

  • Under age 18 or will graduate from high school by age 19;and
  • Without parental support because of a parent’s death, physical or mental disability, age or continued absence from home.

You may also be eligible if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy.

You may receive TANF benefits for up to 60 months (there are some exceptions to this).

Adults who receive TANF may be required to participate in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program.

Partner Programs

The Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program is a companion program that focuses on work-readiness, training and job placement services. The department contracts with Job Service North Dakota to provide these services to JOBS participants.


Information and Resources

FAQs and Publications
Draft TANF State Plan - for Public Comment

HHS is seeking public comments on the TANF State Plan. Written comments will be accepted until via mail, fax, or email until 5 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

  • See the draft TANF State Plan
    • Individuals can also obtain a copy by calling (701) 328-2332, toll-free (800) 755-2716 or 711 (TTY)
  • View the public notice for details on commenting 

Additional Services

HHS may be able to offer additional support.
Other programs you may qualify for include health care, food support, child care assistance, housing and utility help.
Learn more about other services available by clicking here.

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