Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TANF - Temporary Assistance To Needy Families
Provides financial and medical assistance to families through this program to help families that are needy due to at least one parent being deceased, absent from the home, physically or mentally disabled or not earning enough money to support the family. The program was designed to emphasize personal responsibility, promote self-sufficiency and pride through work. You may also apply on line at:  https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/

Special Requirements
In order to receive assistance, it is necessary to cooperate with child support requirements and to actively look for work or participate in an approved work activity. Special requirements apply to recipients of WFNJ who have a problem with drugs or alcohol or who are victims of domestic violence.

You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien resident to receive WFNJ benefits.

Applications for TANF and GA are taken at the GCDSS office.  

Services Provided under WFNJ Program

  • A temporary cash subsidy to help bridge the gap while individuals look to obtain employment. This subsidy is limited to a lifetime benefit of 60 months.
  • Social Workers will provide social supports such as child care and transportation to TANF/GA/FS participants engaged in work and or educational activity through the Gloucester County One Stop.
  • Support services to TANF/GA recipients in the form of childcare, transportation expenses, community work experience and on the job training.
  • TANF and GA benefits are accessed through the Families First Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. The EBT system makes the cash benefits available to clients through the electronic benefit accounts using a plastic card. EBT cards are issued to all recipients and can be used at participating at Automated Teller Machines (ATM) or at merchant Point-of Sale (POS) terminals.

Post-TANF Benefits
When a TANF case closes due to employment, applicants may request and be eligible for additional benefits, such as:

  • Child care
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Work Support