Welfare Application Instructions for New Jersey



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF benefits in New Jersey, residents must file an application with their local county welfare office. For more information, call1-800-792-9773.


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 Nee Jersey has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits. Welfare benefits are paid via EBT. In 2005, the maximum monthly benefit for a family of three was $424, or $5088 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In New Jersey, 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 New Jersey. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in New Jersey, applicants must comply with all requirements of WorkFirst New Jersey. This includes signing over rights of child support payments, helping to establish paternity of children, cooperating with work requirements, and applying for all assistance programs for which a household may be eligible. Additionally, eligible applicants must meet the income and resource guidelines.


General TANF information for New Jersey

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 New Jersey administers Federal TANF benefits through the New Jersey Department of Families and Children. To learn more about WorkFirst New Jersey and TANF in Nevada, click here. Couples without children and single adults can apply for WorkFirst New Jersey General Assistance.