Welfare Application Instructions for New York



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF benefits in New York, you must first file an application with the Department of Social Services. To find the location nearest you, call 1-800-342-3009 or click here. To print an application, click here.


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 New York has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits. In 2005, the maximum benefit for a family of three was $577 monthly, or $6924 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In New York, 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 York. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in New York, applicants must submit all information as requested. Additionally, parents must assist in the location of absent parents to aid in the collection of child support.


General TANF information for New York

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 York administers Federal TANF benefits through the New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance. To learn more about the Family Assistance Program (FAP) in New York, click here.