Welfare Application Instructions for Delaware



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF in Delaware, residents must submit an application and participate in an interview with a DSS social worker to assess eligibility. Applications can be printed online and delivered to the nearest DSS office in person or via fax or mail. Call 302-255-9500 to learn more.


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 Delaware TANF program provides monetary benefits for a maximum of 36 months to recipients who participate in work-related activities for at least 30 hours a week. Benefits are paid by check. The maximum monthly TANF benefit for a family of three in 2005 was $338 per month, or $4056 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Deleware, 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 Deleware. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Delaware residents can use the eligibility calculator. Eligible applicants must have minor children or be in their last month of pregnancy. All sources of income must be supplied in order to determine financial eligibility.


General TANF information for Delaware

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 Delaware administers Federal TANF benefits through the Delaware Health and Social Services. To learn more about the TANF program in Delaware, click here. A separate program, called General Assistance is also available for residents that do not meet the eligibility requirements for other assistance programs.