Welfare Application Instructions for South Carolina



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF benefits in South Carolina, residents can apply online or in person at the local DSS office in the county in which the applicant resides. For more information, call 1-800-768-5700.


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 South Carolina has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits, but the required self-sufficiency plan will strive for independence within 24 months. In addition to financial benefits, families are provided with support services such as training and job search tools. South Carolina welfare benefits are paid via debit card. The maximum benefit for a family of three in 2005 was $240 per month, or $2880 per year.


Am I Eligible?

In South 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 South Carolina. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in South Carolina, applicants must be residents of the state, have dependent children, and be considered low-income. Additionally, candidates must participate in the FI Work Program and help the state to pursue child support payments from the absent parent, if applicable.


General TANF information for South 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 South Carolina administers Federal TANF benefits through the South Carolina Department of Social Services. To learn more about the South Carolina Family Independence (FI) program, click here.