Washington State Department of Social and Health Services1-877-501-2233
2106 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA - 98121
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps participants find and keep jobs. Persons who are caring for a relative's child, are legal guardians or are acting in the place of a parent are also able to apply for TANF benefits on behalf of these children through our Non-Needy Relative, In Loco Parentis and Legal Guardian Program. Persons who are ineligible for TANF solely because of eligibility changes due to the Welfare Reform Act may be eligible for State Family Assistance. Persons who are eligible for the TANF program may also qualify for our Diversion Cash Assistance. Families who chose this program can get help with living expenses when a family needs short term assistance and meets requirements.