Welfare Application Instructions for Alabama



Application Instructions

In order to apply for Family Assistance Program benefits in the state of Alabama, you must apply at the Department of Human Resources office in the county in which you reside. In addition to completing a paper application, it is also necessary to participate in a personal interview with a case worker. To print an online application, click here. To make an appointment with your local office, locate your county DHR office on the list or call 334-242-1310.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. In the state of Alabama, recipients are provided with temporary cash payments via EBT card. Cash payments range between $165 and $605 depending on family size and other factors. Additional benefits include job and workforce training services and childcare assistance for adults in the household that are completing program work and training requirements. There is a 60 month (5 year) limit for receiving TANF benefits in the state of Alabama.


Am I Eligible?

In Alabama, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Alabama. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. To receive TANF benefits through the Family Assistance Program in Alabama, participants must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the state. Participants may not receive both child support and welfare, so those who receive TANF payments are required to surrender any child support payments to the state. In order to be monetarily eligible to receive benefits, a familys net monthly income must be more than the payment standard as dictated by the size of the family. The entire family income is counted in this calculation, but 20% of the total is subtracted for work and childcare expenses.


General TANF information for Alabama

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Alabama administers Federal TANF benefits through the Alabama Department of Human Resources. To learn more about the Family Assistance Program (FAP), click here.