The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block 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

To learn more about TANF, please visit https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about.

Texas Criteria for TANF

The following eligibility criteria must be explored:

  • Residence
  • Citizenship
  • Age
  • Relationship
  • Resources
  • Income
  • Domicile
  • Work Registration
  • Social Security Number

Recipients must also cooperate with the Personal Responsibility Agreement (PRA). The PRA requires recipients to:

  • cooperate with choices requirements
  • cooperate with child support requirements
  • agree not to voluntarily quit a job
  • stay free of alcohol or drug abuse
  • participate in parenting skills if referred
  • obtain medical screenings for their children and
  • ensure their children are immunized and attending school

To learn more about TANF qualifications in Texas, please visit https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1679.

For application assistance via telephone, call:


For application assistance in person, visit:

1620 S. Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130