Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides cash assistance to families while they work towards becoming self-sufficient. Once enrolled in TANF you may also be eligible for help receiving job training and education.

Who may be eligible?

  • Families with dependent children living in their home
  • Pregnant women

The My Maine Connection portal also offers a prescreening tool that can help you find out if you may be eligible.

How do I apply?

Option 1: Apply online through My Maine Connection.

Option 2: Download and mail an application.

Office for Family Independence
114 Corn Shop Lane
Farmington, ME 04938

Option 3: E-mail an application to Farmington.DHHS@Maine.gov

Option 4: Fax an application to (207) 778-8429.

Option 5: Visit one of our district offices and apply in person.


Call 1-855-797-4357 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm).

Other TANF Programs


The ASPIRE program helps TANF recipients move towards financial independence through case management, job training, education, support and employment services.

The OFI team of Whole Family Case Coordinators (WFCC) is a team of 16 staff who serve as facilitators for ASPIRE families. These coordinators partner with Fedcap, Inc. in assisting and supporting families in obtaining and maintaining economic security, training, and community resources. This team works with ASPIRE participants who - 

  • Are enrolled in the Parents as Scholars (PaS) Program;
  • Have been receiving TANF for an extended period of time;
  • Are not or have not been actively engaged in ASPIRE services; and/or
  • Are, or could benefit from being, engaged with other State or community agencies.

Fedcap, Inc. refers participants to the Whole Family Case Coordinators. If you are contacted by a WFCC, you can expect to receive individualized support aimed at overcoming the challenges that stand in the way of achieving your family economic security goals.

Higher Opportunity for Pathways to Employment (HOPE)

HOPE helps Maine parents enroll in and complete training and education beyond high school by providing financial support for costs related to training and education. Learn more about the HOPE program.

Parents as Scholars (PaS)

A monthly benefit through TANF that helps parents working through a two- or four-year degree-granting education program.

Alternative Aid Assistance

Alternative Aid Assistance assists TANF eligible parents who need short term help to find or maintain employment. Voucher payments, equal to up to three months of TANF benefits, are made available to families to help them with employment related expenses and avoid the need for TANF benefits.

Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance provides voucher payments for children and their families whom are threatened by destitution or homelessness due to an emergency situation.

TANF Transitional Benefits

Transitional Child Care (TCC) can help former TANF recipients pay for work related child care.  Transitional Transportation (TT) can help working families pay for transportation related expenses for a period of time. Learn more about the TT program.