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Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family's needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work. Adults with dependent children receiving TANF must meet financial and technical eligibility requirements.

Conditions of eligibility include:

  • Cooperation with child support
  • Participation in work activities and
  • Compliance with substance abuse provisions

Earned and unearned income cannot exceed the benefit level paid for the assistance unit size and assets are limited to $2,000.00. Sanctions may be imposed for program noncompliance.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be:
A resident of the District of Columbia
Either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age
A US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident
Have low or very low income, and
Be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Service Contact: 
Office of Human Services
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Office Hours: 
8:15 am to 4:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:15 am to 7 pm on Wednesday