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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to low-income families. The goal of TANF is to help families become financially self-sufficient. States and U.S. Territories receive block grants from the federal government, which are used to fund each state and territory’s specific TANF program.
Learn more about the TANF program and its primary purposes here.
In Oklahoma, the TANF program is known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in Oklahoma (TANF). To learn more about TANF and the assistance benefits it provides, visit the Oklahoma Human Services website here.
Temporary Assistance for Families in Oklahoma (TANF) provides temporary assistance to financially support families in need. The TANF program also provides eligible families with work preparation services to help them re-enter the workforce or find more stable employment.
For more information on the services the TANF program provides to participating families, review the Oklahoma TANF page here.
TANF and Food Assistance are both assistance programs administered by the Oklahoma Department of Health and Welfare. While Food Assistance benefits can only be used to purchase foods that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, TANF benefits are money that can be used however the participant sees fit, with some restrictions.
To learn more about the restrictions on TANF expenditures, visit the TANF website here.
Both TANF and Food Assistance benefits can be given to participants on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. However, TANF benefits can be transferred directly into a participant’s bank account or withdrawn from an approved ATM. Food Assistance benefits cannot.
Many TANF participants also qualify for Food Assistance due to the low-income requirement of both programs. For more information about Food Assistance, click here.
To apply for Food Assistance and/or TANF, visit the Oklahoma Benefit Portal here.
If you have questions about TANF or Food Assistance, call the Department of Human Services at 1 (877) 751-2972.
The exact benefit amount a family will receive each month will depend on their household income, size and resources.
Eligible families of 4 can receive a maximum of $292 per month. Families can receive these benefits for up to 24 months throughout their lifetime.
Learn more information about TANF and benefit amounts in Oklahoma here.
To qualify for TANF in Oklahoma, you must meet the following requirements:
Learn more about income requirements and work and training requirements here.
Caretakers of children who cannot be taken care of by their immediate family may also qualify for benefits under the Caretaker Relative Grant or Child-Only TANF Grant. This grant takes into consideration the situation of emergency caregivers and will only count the resources and the income of the child (if any) and not those of the caretaker.
To learn more about who can receive TANF benefits, click here.
Before you apply for Temporary Assistance for Families in Oklahoma, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the TANF eligibility requirements here.
Find a list of what you need to apply here.
To apply for TANF online, create an account on Oklahoma’s Assistance Portal here and fill out the virtual application form.
To apply for TANF in person, click here to find the nearest Oklahoma Human Services office location.
To apply for TANF by mail, fill out the Request for Benefits form found here and send it with copies of your necessary documents to your local Department of Human Services (DHS) office. You can find the address to the office closest to you here.
If you cannot access or print the Request for Benefits form, physical copies are available for pick-up at your local DHS office here.
For more information about the application process, call 1 (866) 411-1877.
Depending on your method of application, you can check your application status in the following ways:
If you applied for TANF online, in person or by mail, you should receive a notice in the mail from the Department of Health and Welfare within 30 days of receiving your application with your determination, your benefit amount and how you will be receiving the benefits, if you are eligible.
If you have a valid bank account listed on your application, your TANF benefits will be deposited within 14 days of when you receive your determination letter. Otherwise, you will receive an EBT card in the mail within 14 days.
Once you receive your benefits, you can use them to support your family as you see fit, while following the restrictions.
Note that if you receive an EBT card, you will only be allowed to purchase items at stores that display the Quest Logo, and you can only withdraw cash from ATMs that display the Quest Logo.
If you require additional assistance or have questions about your determination call 1 (866) 411-1877.
If you do not agree with the TANF benefit decision given to you by the Oklahoma Department of Health and Welfare, you can appeal your decision in person or by mail within 30 days of receiving your determination letter.
To file an appeal in person and request a Fair Hearing, visit the Department of Human Services (DHS) office who mailed you your determination letter. The address of the office you need to go to will be on your letter along with instructions on how to request a Fair Hearing. Go to your DHS office and speak with a representative about your appeal, then fill out the form they give you with details as to why you are appealing the department's decision.
Be sure to take your determination letter with you to the DHS office, as you will need it to properly fill out your Fair Hearing Request form.
For any further questions, find your nearest location here or call 1 (866) 411-1877.
For more information on how Fair Hearings work, click here.
For help with obtaining Temporary Assistance for Families in Oklahoma, or for any further questions about your application, call the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) at 1 (877) 751-2972.
To contact the TANF helpline, call 1 (866) 411-1877 or email TANF@okdhs.org.
To send the Oklahoma Department of Human Services information physically, you can mail your documents to the following address:
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
You can also visit or call a local DHS Office for further assistance. Find your nearest location here.
Offices and services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and compiled a guide and these answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
Our free TANF Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility requirements and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.