One way to receive temporary financial help is to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according to About.com. Individuals may apply for TANF online or in person at the local Department of Health and Human Services.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides financial assistance for low-income families with children who are considered dependents. This program also helps pregnant women in the last trimester, says About.com. In addition to temporary financial help, TANF assists people in finding suitable jobs.
In order to be eligible for TANF benefits, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or a legal noncitizen. Individuals must also meet income, resource and family member requirements. However, eligibility varies by state.