Welfare Application Instructions for Hawaii



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF in Hawaii, residents should contact the nearest DHS office in person or by phone. To find the phone number for the nearest office, click here or call 643-1643.


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 Hawaii TANF program provides monetary benefits for a maximum of 60 months to recipients who participate in work-related activities for at least 30 hours a week. Hawaii welfare benefits are paid by EBT; to learn more about this method of payment, click here. The maximum monthly TANF benefit in 2005 for a family of three was $570 per month, or $6840 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Haiwaii, 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 Haiwaii. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in Hawaii, a household must have at least one child that is age 19 or younger. Additionally, the gross income of the entire household must be less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2006.


General TANF information for Hawaii

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 Hawaii administers Federal TANF benefits through the Hawaii Department of Human Services Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division. To learn more about the TANF program in Hawaii, click here.