Welfare Application Instructions for Indiana



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF in Indiana, residents are encouraged to apply online if this service is available in their county. Otherwise, applicants should print an application by clicking the appropriate link on the individual county page. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to the county office of residence. To locate the nearest county office, click here. For more information about welfare in Indiana, call 1-800-446-1993.


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 Indiana TANF program is available to eligible residents for a maximum of 24 months (2 years). Benefits are paid by EBT. Monetary benefits range from $139 to $697 per month depending on income and household size.


Am I Eligible?

In Indiana, 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 Indiana. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in Indiana, households must include a child under the age of 18. Potential applicants can use the eligibility pre-screener to see if they are eligible for welfare benefits. To use the pre-screener, click on the appropriate county name and then click the screening tool link.


General TANF information for Indiana

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 Indiana administers Federal TANF benefits through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. To learn more about TANF in Indiana, click here.