Welfare Application Instructions for Maryland



Application Instructions

In order to receive Temporary Cash Assistance in Maryland, an application must be submitted and a personal interview must be conducted. If all requirements are met, an applicant is deemed eligible. To apply in person, contact your local DHR office to set up an appointment. Applicants can also apply online using SAIL. For more information, call 1-800-332-6347.


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 Maryland, TANF benefits are available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). In 2005, the maximum TANF benefit for a family of three was $482 per month or $5784 per year. TCA benefits in Maryland are paid by EBT.


Am I Eligible?

In Maryland, 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 Maryland. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TCA in Maryland, applicants must meet the income guidelines and technical requirements. They must also cooperate with child support enforcement, comply with substance abuse rules, and participate in work or work-related activities. Countable assets are limited to $2000 and countable income cannot exceed the benefit level related to the size of the household. To pre-screen for TANF benefits in Maryland, click here.


General TANF information for Maryland

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 Maryland administers Federal TANF benefits through the Maryland Department of Human Resources. To learn more about the Family Investment Program (FIP), also called Temporary Cash Assistance, click here.