The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides short-term cash payments to individuals and families struggling to purchase food, clothes and other necessities. This federal cash assistance program operates in each state, though it may go by other names. To qualify, you must be considered very low income and be either unemployed or underemployed. Other requirements you may need to meet depend on whether you are pregnant or have children. For those who qualify, TANF benefits are determined by your family size and total income. Our guide has further details about TANF, including how to apply in your state. Download it today for free.