Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides temporary cash assistance and work-readiness services to low-income families with children.

Their goal is to move Alaskans from welfare in jobs to make them self-sufficient and be able to support their families.

ATAP participants need to seek paid employment opportunities or participate in work-related activities. They should participate for a specified number of hours a week or benefits will be waived.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does TANF (ATAP) pay in Alaska?

The benefits you receive from TANF largely depend on your family’s income, size, and shelter expenses. A family of three receives a maximum of $923 from Alaska.

Qualified families have no more than 60 months allowed by law to receive cash benefits, unless eligible for time-limit exemption.

How do I apply for welfare in Alaska?

Download an application and submit it to a Public Assistance office near you. 

Visit this page to view a list of Public Assistance local offices.

An interview with a caseworker that will determine if your family qualifies will be arranged after filing an application. 

Contact (907) 465-3347 to learn more.

How much is adult public assistance in Alaska? 

The Adult Public Assistance (APA) is a different program for seniors and disabled Alaskans in need of cash assistance. The applicants should meet the program requirements. 

A single person has a possibility to receive $1,156 per month or $1,719 per month if you’re a couple.


The Senior Benefits Program is for Alaskans at the age of 65 or older. Benefits may be $125, $175, or $250 per month, depending on their income. 

Start your application by completing and returning the application form on this page to:

Senior Benefits Program

855 W. Commercial Drive

Wasilla, AK 99654


Note: There is no minimum weekly or monthly number of attendance hours to single parents under the age of 20 that participates in High School or GED Preparation

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