Mississippi TANF

Mississippi TANF, also known as welfare, provides assistance to low-income families with minor children to reach self-sufficiency. They do this through monthly cash assistance, and employment and job-readiness activities.

Mississippi requires work-eligible recipients to register for employment through Mississippi Works or participate in work activities. Not participating will be exempt you from benefits and those who don’t participate satisfactorily in them will reduce their benefits from 60 months to 24.

FAQ’s about Mississippi TANF


What are the qualifications? 

  1. U.S. citizen or legal alien, or permanent resident
  2. Residing in Mississippi
  3. Pregnant or responsible for a minor child
  4. Unemployed or underemployed (working for very low wages)

How much TANF can I get in Mississippi? 

The benefits you receive from TANF largely depend on your family’s income and size. A family of three receives a maximum of monthly $170. 

The Mississippi Debit MasterCard® Card is the only way to receive benefits. They do not issue paper checks.

How do I apply? 

Start your application for TANF online at the Mississippi DHS website. After application, an interview will be arranged to check your qualifications.

Contact 800-948-3050 for application assistance.


Mississippi requires applicants to complete a 30 day upfront job search, approval of application will be denied if not completed. They require drug testing to screen applicants for drug use too.

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