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New Mexico Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits

Program Description

The New Mexico Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known as NMWorks, is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive 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

General Program Requirements

In general for this benefit program, you must be a US national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have very low income. You must also be a resident of the state of New Mexico.

Eligibility for all programs is based, partially, on an individual's or a family's countable household income. These levels vary for different categories of eligibility but all are based on a percentage of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPL) as set by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Please view the Income Eligibility page for more details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the YES New Mexico online application portal.

For additional application information, visit the Apply For Benefits page.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please visit the Human Services Department - TANF page.

You may also use the Office Locator Map to find a service center near you.
You can also visit the Office of Family Assistance Help for Families TANF Program Contacts page to find the appropriate state contact(s).