Welfare Application Instructions for Missouri



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF Temporary Assistance benefits in Missouri, applicants must contact their local county office. To do so, click here then choose the appropriate county from the drop-down menu labeled ""Income Maintenance & Self-Sufficiency Programs."" For more information, call 573-751-3221.


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 Missouri, TANF benefits are available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). Benefits are paid by EBT. In 2005, the maximum TANF benefit for a family of three was $292 per month or $3504 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In Missouri, 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 Missouri. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Missouri, non-exempt adults must participate in work or work-related activities within two years of receiving temporary assistance welfare benefits. The first parent in a household must engage in work-related activities for 35 hours each week, while the second parent must do so for 20 hours.


General TANF information for Missouri

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 Missouri administers Federal TANF benefits through the Missouri Department of Social Services. To learn more about Temporary Assistance in Missouri, click here.