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Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits

Program Description

The Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Illinois, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. 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.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

A person may apply for TANF at a local office that serves the area where they live. Use the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Office Locator to help find the nearest Family Community Resource Center:

Program Contact Information

To find out more about Illinois TANF, please visit:
You can also call the Illinois Department of Human Service (DHS) toll-free to make inquiries about TANF: 1-800-843-6154