How Do You Apply for TANF Cash Assistance in Texas?

To apply for TANF cash assistance in Texas, visit, click on Apply for Benefits, and set up an account. Once the account is active, fill out the application, and click Submit. You may also print the application from the website, complete it, and mail it in.

If you do not have access to a printer, scroll to the bottom of the website, and click Get a Paper Form. Once redirected, scroll down, click Ask to Have the Forms Mailed to You, and fill out the request form to receive forms via mail. Alternatively, call 2-1-1 or the toll free number and make the request for an application over the phone. Staff is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to take application request calls and answer questions related to TANF application and other government benefits.

In order to receive TANF benefits in Texas, you must meet all eligibility requirements. The state of Texas commonly requests supporting documentation to prove claims on the application. Eligibility requirements for TANF cash assistance include U.S. citizenship, established residency in the state of Texas, and participation in employment or employment-related activities. You must also prove your financial need and lack of ability to financially support your children.