Welfare Application Instructions for Georgia



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF in Georgia, residents are required to apply at DFC office in the county in which they reside. Click here or call 800-869-1150.


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 Georgia TANF 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 in 2005 for a family of three was $225 per month, or $3360 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Georgia, 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 Georgia. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. Georgia residents can determine eligibility online using COMPASS (Common Point of Access to Social Services). To read more about eligibility requirements, click here.


General TANF information for Georgia

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 Georgia administers Federal TANF benefits through the Georgia Department of Human Services. To learn more about the TANF program in Georgia, click here.