Family-sized support.

Families First / TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

Families First is a temporary assistance program for needy children and their parents, or related caretakers. Families who qualify for Families First benefits receive monthly cash payments. Families who qualify for Families First benefits receive monthly cash payments and may receive child care and other supportive assistance to comply with their work/educational requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for Families First participation: The assistance unit (family) must contain a needy child(ren) under the age of 18, or 19, if the child(ren) will complete secondary education prior to his/her 19th birthday. Social Security numbers or verification of application for the number must be provided for all assistance unit members. Assistance unit members must live in the state of Tennessee. Assistance unit members must be citizens or lawfully admitted aliens. The dependent child(ren) must be within a specified degree of relationship to the caretaker. The dependent child(ren) must live in the home with the parent or caretaker who is within a specified degree of relationship. All adults and minor parents must sign a Personal Responsibility Plan. Assistance Unit children must receive immunizations and health checks. Assistance Unit children must stay in school. The caretaker must cooperate with Child Support. All adults and minor parents must participate in a work activity for 30 hours per week, unless exempt. The Assistance Unit must not exceed the $2000.00 resource limit. The Assistance Unit’s income must not exceed the Gross Income Limit for the Assistance Unit’s size.

How to get started

  1. Use one of these methods to contact this service:
    • Phone
    • Walk-In
    • Mail in application
  2. Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.

Ages Served

All Ages of Children

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