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South Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits

Program Description

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a temporary public assistance program administered by the South Dakota Department of Social Services and Department of Labor. The primary focus of the program is to help families help themselves move from welfare to work by:
  • Promoting family responsibility and accountability
  • Encouraging self-sufficiency through work
In addition to help finding work, South Dakota families with serious financial needs may qualify for TANF monthly cash payments. To qualify, families must have children under age 18 (19 if the child is in high school) and need financial support due to:
  • Death of a parent
  • Parent is absent from the home
  • Physical or mental incapacity or unemployment of a parent
Your TANF benefit amount is based on who lives with your family, who is eligible in your household and other income available to the family. If your family's TANF monthly cash payment is less than $10, no payment will be issued. TANF beneficiaries are required to participate in work activities unless exempt.

There are other eligibility requirements but we encourage you to learn more about how the South Dakota TANF program can help you and your family.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota, 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

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the South Dakota TANF program, please visit the following website: