Welfare Application Instructions for Arkansas



Application Instructions

To apply for Cash Assistance in Arkansas, residents can print an application online or call 1-800-482-8988. Applicants can mail or hand-deliver applications to their local county DHS office.


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. The Arkansas TEA program provides job preparation, childcare assistance, and other supportive services that help people succeed. The maximum monthly TANF benefit for a family of three in 2005 was $204 per month, or $2448 per year. There is a 24 month (two year) time limit for receiving welfare benefits in Arkansas.


Am I Eligible?

In Arkansas, 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 Arkansas. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Arkansas residents can use the eligibility pre-screener. Applicants must sign a personal responsibility agreement that requires accurate information including Social Security Numbers, names, ages, and citizenship status for all residents, in addition to resource and income information. Additionally, participants are required to meet all on-going eligibility requirements and adhere to program time limits.


General TANF information for Arkansas

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 Arkansas administers Federal TANF benefits through the Arkansas Department of Human Services. To learn more about Transitional Employment Assistance in Arkansas, click here.