Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a federally funded program that provides case management services to assist families with children under age 18 with finding employment. The program was created to help families stay together by empowering family leaders with job skills, resources and assistance. TANF serves four functions:

  • Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in homes of relatives.
  • Ends the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  • Reduces the incidences of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
  • Encourages the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Pulaski County Adult Education is partnering with the nonprofit, Restore Hope, on a local initiative called 100 Families with the goal of bringing at least 100 families from crisis to career. Our program TANF Coordinator can assist students with eligibility and the enrollment process, completing a Needs Assessment, and referral to other area services and resources that they may need (substance abuse, mental health, etc.)

Arkansas TANF Eligibility Requirements

Client must:

  • Be 18 years or old.
  • Have a Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).
  • Be either a custodial or non-custodial parent of a child who lives in Arkansas under the age of eighteen, or be expecting a child. Child must be a citizen or have eligible alien status.
  • Family income must be equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.