The Illinois 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.

How to Apply for Welfare in Illinois:

Apply for Welfare (TANF) at a local office. Click here to find the nearest Family Community Resource Center.


In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Illinois, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

More Information:

For more information about receiving welfare visit the website or call 1-800-843-6154.