TANF Application Instructions

Using the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card

In Indiana, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are provided through the Hoosier Works Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works similarly to a debit card. This gives families access to benefits in a convenient and secure way. Recipients can use this card for both in-store and online purchases, making the spending process as straightforward as using a regular debit card. The EBT card's flexibility extends to online shopping as well, allowing for a wider range of purchasing options.

How to Apply for Indiana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The best way to apply for Indiana's TANF benefits is through an online application available on the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's website. This process provides a straightforward and accessible way for families to apply for the assistance they so desperately need.

Indiana's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program aims to provide essential support to low-income families, with a strong focus on fostering independence and self-sufficiency. The program's various initiatives and assistance measures are designed to help families navigate financial challenges while encouraging paths towards stable, self-reliant futures.

Indiana TANF Office

Family and Social Services Administration
Division of Family Resources
402 W. Washington Street Room W-392
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Eligibility Requirements

In Indiana, the eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance is based on several factors, including: :

General Criteria:

  • Children under 18 living with their parent(s) or relatives like grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., are eligible.
  • Families must meet specific nonfinancial criteria.
  • The countable family monthly income must align with the state's income guidelines.

Income Standards:

Eligibility for Indiana's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance depends on family size-specific income standards, with both gross and net income limits that vary by household size. These limits are updated regularly to align with current economic conditions, and the most recent figures can be found through the appropriate channels.

Applicant Responsibilities:

  • Applicants must provide accurate and complete information about the children, parents, and all other household members to the Division of Family Resources.
  • They must provide Social Security numbers and meet state residency, citizenship/immigration status, employment, and child support assignment requirements.
  • Adult applicants required to participate in IMPACT, Indiana's employment and training program, must attend an Applicant Job Search Orientation and complete 20 days of Applicant Job Search activities. Failure to do so without good cause can `lead` to denial of the application.
  • Any changes in circumstances must be reported to the Division of Family Resources within 10 days of occurrence.

These eligibility requirements and responsibilities ensure that Indiana's TANF program effectively identifies and assists families in need, while promoting accountability and self-sufficiency.