Welfare Application Instructions for North Carolina



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF benefits in North Carolina, residents must apply in person at a local county DSS office. For more information, call 1-800-662-7030.


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 state of North Carolina has a 24 month (2 year) cap on TANF benefits. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $272 monthly, or $3264 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In North Carolina, 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 North Carolina. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in North Carolina, applicants must adhere to the rules of the Work First Family Assistance program. Registration with the First stop Employment Assistance Program is required and applicants must complete and sign a Mutual Responsibility Agreement. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the program, click here.


General TANF information for North Carolina

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 North Carolina administers Federal TANF benefits through the North Carolina Division of Social Services. To learn more about Work First Family Assistance in North Carolina, click here.