TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

What is TANF?
TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, is also known as Family Independence (FI) in South Carolina.The primary focus of TANF is to help low-income families meet basic needs by providing cash assistance, supportive services, training and employment opportunities.

Who can receive TANF benefits?
  • Low-income families with dependent children who are related to them may be eligible for TANF benefits and services
  • Families must be residents of South Carolina and willing to participate in the TANF work program, unless they are disabled. This work program requires completing the JUMMP (Jobs Upfront Mean More Pay) form when applying for TANF.
  • Applicants must assist in pursuing child support from parents absent from the household.
  • After eligibility determination, a case manager works with the family to develop a plan to achieve self-sufficiency in 24 months.

How do I apply for TANF?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to learn more!