The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program. 

The four purposes of the TANF program are to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

To learn more about TANF, please visit https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about.


Texas Criteria for TANF

The following eligibility criteria must be explored:

  • Residence
  • Citizenship
  • Age
  • Relationship
  • Resources
  • Income
  • Domicile
  • Work Registration
  • Social Security Number

Recipients must also cooperate with the Personal Responsibility Agreement (PRA). The PRA requires recipients to:

  • cooperate with choices requirements
  • cooperate with child support requirements
  • agree not to voluntarily quit a job
  • stay free of alcohol or drug abuse
  • participate in parenting skills if referred
  • obtain medical screenings for their children and
  • ensure their children are immunized and attending school

To learn more about TANF qualifications in Texas, please visit https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1679.


For application assistance via telephone, call:

210.431.8326  |  1.800.246.9121

For application assistance in person, visit:

5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy,
San Antonio, Texas 78227