Welfare Application Instructions for Mississippi



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF in Mississippi, applicants must apply to their local Department of Human Services Division of Economic Assistance office. To print an application, click here. Call 1-800-948-3050 or (601) 359-4810 for more information.


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 Mississippi, TANF benefits are available to eligible residents for a maximum of 60 months (5 years), but no benefits are paid after 24 months (2 years) if the household adults have not secured employment. Benefit amounts are based on family income when compared to the TANF need standard for a family of the same size. Maximum monthly payments do not exceed $110 for the first person in a household, $36 for the second person, and $24 for each additional person.


Am I Eligible?

In Mississippi, 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 Mississippi. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Mississippi, certain factors are assessed including deprivation, income, and resources. The countable income limit is $2000. Any child support payments that are received must be surrendered to the state. Applicants must assist in establishing paternity for children and in locating absent parents. Additionally, all adults in a qualifying household must comply with the requirements of the TANF Work Program (TWP) in order to receive financial benefits.


General TANF information for Mississippi

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 Mississippi administers Federal TANF benefits through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. To learn more about TANF in Mississippi, click here.