Welfare Application Instructions for Kentucky



Application Instructions

To apply for K-TAP in Kentucky, applicants should apply in person at a local office. To make an appointment, call your local office by finding the number on the office locator. To print an application online, click here and choose the application for benefits link on the top, right hand corner. To get more information by phone, call the K-TAP information hotline at (502) 564-7050.


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 K-TAP program is available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). Benefits range between $186 per month for a single beneficiary and $482 per month for a family of seven. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $262 per month.


Am I Eligible?

In Kentucky, 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 Kentucky. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF benefits in Kentucky, applicants must meet the income and resource guidelines. An eligible household contains at least one minor child. Countable income must not be more than $2000.


General TANF information for Kentucky

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 Kentucky administers Federal TANF benefits through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services. To learn more about the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP), click here.