Welfare Application Instructions for Illinois



Application Instructions

There are several ways to apply for TANF benefits in Illinois; to learn more, click here. To apply online, click here. Residents can also print out an application and mail, fax, or deliver it in person to their locals office. To apply in person, or find a local office, click here. To speak with someone about applying for TANF in Illinois, call 217-785-3300.


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 Illinois welfare program provides benefits for a maximum of 60 months (5 years) to recipients who participate in work-related activities for at least 30 hours a week. The average TANF benefit in 2008 was $242. Benefits are paid by EBT; to learn more, click here. In addition to monetary benefits, eligible TANF applicants can also receive transitional services that are intended to help a family become independent, such as vocational training, help with childcare costs, and mental health screenings.


Am I Eligible?

In Illinois, 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 Illinois. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in Illinois, applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in Illinois. Certain non-U.S. citizens may also qualify. Additionally, households must have a dependent child under the age of 19 or be pregnant.


General TANF information for Illinois

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 Illinois administers Federal TANF benefits through the Illinois Department of Human Services. To learn more about TANF in Illinois, click here. To learn about the Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled program, click here.