Welfare Application Instructions for Florida



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF in Florida, residents should apply online, at a local DFC office or call 1-866-762-2237.


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 Florida TCA program provides monetary benefits for a maximum of 48 months to recipients who participate in work-related activities for at least 30 hours a week. The maximum monthly TANF benefit ranges between $95 and $610 per month.


Am I Eligible?

In Florida, 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 Florida. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Florida residents can use the eligibility pre-screener. Eligible applicants must have a gross income that is 185% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. Additionally, income cannot be higher than the payment standard for a family of the same size. Those who receive benefits and retain a job will receive an additional earned income deduction.


General TANF information for Florida

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 Florida administers Federal TANF benefits through the Florida Department of Children and Families. To learn more about the Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) program in Florida, click here.