Welfare Application Instructions for Louisiana



Application Instructions

To apply for FITAP in Louisiana, applicants can apply online or call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578). To locate the nearest DSS office, click here.


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. In Louisiana, FITAP is available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). Benefits range between $122 per month for a single beneficiary and $839 per month for a family of 18. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $240 per month or $2880 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Louisiana, 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 Louisiana. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF benefits in Louisiana, applicants must meet the income guidelines; resources such as homes and personal possessions are not considered when determining eligibility. An eligible applicant must be a resident of Louisiana, be a U.S. citizen and have at least one minor child in the home.


General TANF information for Louisiana

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 Louisiana administers Federal TANF benefits through the State of Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. To learn more about the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), click here.