TANF

South Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a temporary public assistance work program administered by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Labor and Regulation.

It is designed to provide temporary assistance and economic self-sufficiency for children and families.

TANF is a needs-based program for families with children under age 18 (or under age 19 if the child is in high school) who need financial support because of:

  • a death of a parent,
  • a parent is absent from the home or
  • physical or mental incapacity or unemployment of a parent.

Families with serious financial needs may qualify for TANF monthly payments. Your TANF payment is based on who lives with your family, who is eligible in your household, and other income and resources available to your family. If your family's monthly TANF payment is less than $10, no payment will be issued.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TANF PAYMENTS

TANF payments will be received electronically.  Recipients may choose to have their payments deposited directly into their checking or savings account, or they may choose to receive the U.S. Bank ReliaCard.

The State of South Dakota and U.S. Bank have partnered to provide the ReliaCard Visa Prepaid Debit Card to all recipients of TANF benefits.  The ReliaCard provides a fast, secure and efficient method of distributing TANF payments. It also gives the recipient a convenient and safe way to access their money. Individuals will be given the option of having their funds directly deposited into a checking or savings account. If they do not choose direct deposit, they will automatically be sent a U.S. Bank ReliaCard Visa onto which their future payments will be deposited.

TANF ReliaCards will be restricted from use in certain businesses and establishments per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Public Law 112-96. Specifically, the TANF ReliaCard will not be accepted in places of business whose exclusive or primary business is as a liquor store, casino, gaming establishment or provider of adult oriented entertainment. These restrictions do not include businesses such as grocery stores and gas stations whose primary purpose is selling groceries or gas but also sell liquor or operate as a casino or gaming establishment.

Click here for more information about the U.S. Bank ReliaCard for TANF payments.

Payment standard -- Assistance unit includes parent -- Independent or shared living arrangement. Based on the number of members in the assistance unit and the unit's living arrangement, the payment standard for a household which includes at least one parent of a dependent child is as follows:

Payment Standard
Unit Size
Independent Living Arragement
Shared Living Arrangement
1 person
424
263
2 persons
520
358
3 persons
582
420
4 persons
643
483
5 persons
703
543
6 persons
765
604
7 persons
826
664
8 persons
886
726
9 persons
947
787
10 persons
1006
846
11 persons
1068
907
12 persons
1129
967

          Add $53 for each additional child in the assistance unit.

Payment standard -- Child not living with parent and not placed by child placement agency. The following is the payment standard for an assistance unit which does not meet the criteria contained in either § 67:10:05:03 or 67:10:05:04:

Unit Size
Payment Standard
1 child
358
2 children
420
3 children
483
4 children
543
5 children
604
6 children
664
7 children
726
8 children
787
9 children
846
10 children
907
11 children
967
12 children
1030

          Add $53 for each additional child in the assistance unit.