Search Benefits

Missouri Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits

Program Description

The purpose of the Missouri Temporary Assistance Program is to provide assistance to needy families with children so that the children can be cared for at home. The program also is intended to reduce dependency by promoting job preparation, work and marriage. Funds may be used to prevent non-marital pregnancies and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. Temporary Assistance offers cash assistance to families.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Missouri, 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

You may request an application for this program by contacting the Customer and Information Unit, Family Support Division, P.O. Box 2320, 615 Howerton Court, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or calling 1-800-392-1261.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the Missouri Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, please visit:
For additional information or inquiries on TANF, please call the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS):
855-FSD-INFO (373-4636)