DHS Family Community Resource Center in St Clair/East St Louis(618) 583-2300
225 N 9th St
East St Louis, IL - 62201
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Hours: M - F 8:30am to 5pm
What is the purpose of this service?
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.
Who can receive these services?
To qualify for TANF, a person must:
- Be pregnant or have a child under age 19 who lives with them. A child who is 18 must be a full-time high school student. A pregnant woman (and her husband, if he lives with her) may qualify for help, even if they don't have any other children.
- Live in Illinois. You can be homeless and still qualify.
- Be a U.S. citizen or meet certain immigration requirements.
- Develop a plan for becoming self-sufficient and follow it.
What services are offered?
- Time-limited cash assistance for basic needs, such as food, clothing, housing, etc.
- Transitional services to help families become independent, such as GED preparation, vocational training, postsecondary education, vocational rehabilitation, classes in basic English, help with child care, work stipends, job retention services, etc.
- Screening for issues related to substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence, and referrals for available services to address them.
A person who gets TANF may also get medical assistance and SNAP benefits.
- HFS Medical Assistance Programs - DHS provides medical assistance on behalf of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS), which administers the program. A family who receives TANF also receives a MediPlan Card that covers most medical needs.
- SNAP (formerly food stamps) - If a family who receives TANF qualifies, DHS also provides them SNAP benefits.
- Services that you may participate in:
How to Apply?
A person may apply for TANF online or at a local office that serves the area where they live. Use the DHS Office Locator to help find the nearest Family Community Reource Center. A person who applies and is determined eligible for benefits receives their cash and SNAP benefits through Illinois Link Benefits.
More Information & Resources
- Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Family Community Resource Center or contact the DHS Help Line at 1 800 843-6154 (voice) or 1 800 447-6404 (TTY).
- TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - DHS 586
- TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Spanish) - DHS 586s
- TANF customers may qualify for assistance to help pay for installation of telephone service and monthly charges for local phone service through the Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Assistance Programs.
- TANF customers may qualify for assistance with utility bills or home weatherization through the LIHEAP and Weatherization programs.