Welfare Application Instructions for Wisconsin



Application Instructions

To apply for the W-2 welfare program, click here or locate the nearest county office. For more information, call 608-266-6886.


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 benefits under the W-2 program are available for a maximum of 60 months (5 years). Wisconsins welfare program provides higher benefits than most other states, with a maximum monthly benefit of $628 for a family of three. To learn more, click here.


Am I Eligible?

In Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for welfare in West Virginia, applicants must be low-income with few assets and minor children. The W-2 program has a wide range of services available for anyone who is willing to participate in the program.


General TANF information for Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin administers Federal TANF benefits through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. To learn more about the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, click here.