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Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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Program Description:

The purpose of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is to provide temporary financial help to eligible low-income families. The program is designed to end dependence by needy parents on government benefits by promoting training, job preparation and work.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Florida, 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:

There are three ways to apply for this program:

  1. Apply for assistance at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/
  2. Call the statewide call center at 1-866-762-2237, or
  3. Contact your local Children and Families ACCESS Service Center or local Community ACCESS partner site:


Program Contact Information:

For more information on the Florida TANF program, please visit:

You can also view a list of frequently asked questions about the Florida TANF program at:

You can also call the Department of Children & Families to learn more about Florida TANF at:


Managing Agency:


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