Welfare Application Instructions for Arizona



Application Instructions

To apply for Cash Assistance in Arizona, residents can apply online or download and print an application. Applicants can fax or hand-deliver paper applications. To locate the office nearest you, click here or call 602-542-3596.


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. There is a 36-month limit in the state of Arizona for Cash Assistance benefits. Benefits are paid by EBT or direct deposit.


Am I Eligible?

In Arizona, 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 Arizona. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Arizona residents can use the eligibility pre-screener. Applicants must sign a personal responsibility agreement that states he or she will prepare for and accept any reasonable job offer, ensure that children (ages 6-15) regularly attend school, immunize children, and cooperate with the rules of the program. Additionally, participants are required to meet all on-going eligibility requirements. Applicants must not have countable income that exceeds 36% of the 1992 Federal poverty level. Income must not exceed $275 per month for a two-person household or $347 for a three-person household.


General TANF information for Arizona

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 Arizona administers Federal TANF benefits through the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security. To learn more about Cash Assistance in Arizona, click here.