Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the monthly cash assistance program, with an employment services component, for low-income families with children under age 18, and children age 18 and attending school full-time. Cooperation with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services, is a requirement of receiving TANF benefits unless good cause can be established.

Read more about Electronic Benefits Transfer requirements regarding Georgia’s EPPICard.

How to apply for TANF

Print an application and fill out as much information as possible and mail the paper application to your local DFCS office.

TANF in other languages























ह िंदी


















Tiếng Việt  


Log on to https://gateway.ga.gov  and select “Apply for Benefits.” Hours available to apply are Monday-Friday 5 a.m. – midnight, excluding weekends and holidays.

By Phone:
Telephone applications may be submitted by calling the Customer Contact Center at (877) 423-4746.

An application is considered filed when it is received by DFCS and has

  • the name of the head of household,
  • address,
  • date, and
  • signature of the head of household or another household member

DFCS Reasonable Modifications and Communication Assistance Request Form for Persons with Disabilities
Do you have a disability and need a reasonable modification or communication assistance to access DFCS services? Click here to request a reasonable modification, communication assistance, or extra help.

TANF Benefit Renewal

All benefits recipients are required to undergo periodic review of continued program eligibility. A renewal form and any required accompanying verification can be submitted in Georgia Gateway or by using Form 508 – the FOOD STAMP/MEDICAID/TANF Renewal Form. 

Download this pdf file.English

Download this pdf file.Spanish


If you have questions about your TANF case, contact your caseworker directly. Caseworker information can be found at the top right corner of any notice received from the agency.  If you have not received a notice, please call the Customer Contact Center Toll-Free at (877) 423-4746.