Welfare Application Instructions for Utah



Application Instructions

To apply for welfare assistance benefits in Utah, residents can apply online or visit a local DCFS office. For more information, call 1-801-526-9675.


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 Utah can receive benefits for a maximum of 36 months (3 years). Welfare benefits are paid by debit card; to read more, click here. The maximum TANF benefit amount ranges from $288 to $633 per month.


Am I Eligible?

In Utah, 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 Utah. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in Utah, parents must follow the regulations of the FEP program, participate in work-related activities for 30 hours per week, and pass an income test. To learn more about the participation that is required for recipients of welfare in Utah, click here. Potential candidates can also use the benefit pre-screener.


General TANF information for Utah

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 Utah administers Federal TANF benefits through the Utah Department of Workforce Services. To learn more about the Family Employment Program (FEP) in Utah, click here.