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Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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Program Description:

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.


General Program Requirements:

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





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To apply for TANF, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW web site and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found on the following website:

You may also apply online at:

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW website:


Program Contact Information:

For questions concerning the Pennsylvania TANF program, contact the Welfare Helpline at

The TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments is:


Managing Agency:


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