New Mexico Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Living Assistance
December 19, 2018


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


New Mexico Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is administered by Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

Program Requirements:

In general for this benefit program, you must be a U.S. 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.

Application Details

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

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


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