Welfare Info

Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. The Federal government and Pennsylvania fund TANF payments....

What is Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?

The Pennsylvania-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program 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

Note: TANF is sometimes referred to by state specific names.

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 Pennsylvania.

In order to receive TANF benefits in Pennsylvania you will need to contact Cash Assistance/TANF, which is the local TANF office in PA. They can assist with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that helps low income families purchase items such as clothing, food and housing expenses.

Application Details

What is the application process for Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?

To apply online, please visit the COMPASS online application portal.

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

Contact Info

(800) 692-7462