Welfare Application Instructions for Kansas



Application Instructions

To apply for cash assistance in Kansas, applicants will find a variety of convenient options. Click here to apply online. Applications can also be printed online and then mailed, faxed, or delivered to a local office. For more information, call 1-888-369-4777.


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 Kansas TANF program is available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). Benefits are figured with a formula that takes into account a familys size and income, in addition to the county in which the family resides. Cash assistance payments range from $224 to $497 per month. Click here to view the cash assistance chart.


Am I Eligible?

In Kansas, 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 Kansas. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for cash assistance in Kansas, a household must contain at least one child that is 18 or younger or be expecting a new baby. To see if you are eligible, use the self-assessment tool.


General TANF information for Kansas

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 Kansas administers Federal TANF benefits through the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. To learn more about Temporary Assistance for Families, click here or here.