Low-income families are vulnerable, especially if they have young children who may suffer or go without access to necessities due to that lack of income. Fortunately, there are federal and state programs designed to help lift these families out of poverty and help keep families together. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program offers financial assistance to needy families with very limited income. If you qualify for benefits, you will need to apply directly through your TANF office to access cash assistance benefits. You can learn more about the application process and the documents you will need to provide by downloading and reviewing our free guide.