Welfare Application Instructions for Texas



Application Instructions

To apply for TANF benefits in Texas, apply online or print an application. Completed applications for assistance can be faxed or mailed to the contact information available on the form. For more information, dial 211.


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. TANF recipients in Texas can receive benefits for a range of one to three years depending on education, unique family situation and work experience. There are no such limits for children. Welfare benefits are distributed via EBT card. The maximum benefit for a family of three consisting of one parent and two children is $260 per month. To learn more about benefit amounts, click here.


Am I Eligible?

In Texas, 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 Texas. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Texas, families must be low-income as determined by the programs income limits. TANF benefits must be reviewed for eligibility every six months.


General TANF information for Texas

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 Texas administers Federal TANF benefits through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. To learn more about the TANF program in Texas, click here.