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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
 

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known in New Mexico as NMWorks, provides cash assistance to families who qualify. The Human Services Department (HSD) helps families determine whether or not they qualify for cash assistance. This monthly cash assistance benefit should be used to meet family needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing costs.

The purpose of TANF:

  • assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes;
  • reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage;
  • preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies;
  • encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Qualifications:

  • You must live in New Mexico
  • You must have dependent children
  • Children must be citizens or have eligible alien status
  • Children must be age 18 or younger, or if age 19, they must be a full-time student expected to graduate before the end of the month in which they become 20
  • You will have to provide information about how much money your household receives each month. Click the following to check the Income Guidelines:

Acrobat File ISD 017 Income Eligibility Guidelines Oct11-Sept12

Acrobat File ISDSP 017 Guia Para La Elegibilidad de Ingreso Para SNAP y Asistencia Economica Oct11-Sept12

Work Requirements:

  • With few exceptions, recipients must work as soon as they are job-ready or no later than two years after coming on assistance.
  • Single parents must participate in work activities for an average of 30 hours per week, or an average of 20 hours per week if they have a child under age six. Two-parent families must participate in work activities for an average of 35 hours a week or, if they receive Federal child care assistance, 55 hours a week.
  • Failure to participate in work requirements can result in a reduction or termination of a family’s benefits.
  • Single parents with a child under six cannot be penalized for failing to meet work requirements if they cannot find adequate child care.
More Local Information:
 

Chaves County –
1701 S. Sunset Ave.
Roswell, NM 88203 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-625-3000
Fax: 575-625-3099

Curry County –
3316 North Main St. Suite A
Clovis, NM 88101-3756 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-762-4751
Fax: 575-763-0493

De Baca County –
620 Historic Route 66
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-472-3459, 800-523-6643
Fax: 575-472-3425

Eddy County –
108 N. 16th
Artesia, NM 88210 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-748-3361
Fax: 575-746-6123

3604 San Jose Blvd.
Carlsbad, NM 88220 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-885-8815
Fax: 575-887-0550

Guadalupe County –
620 Historic Route 66
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-472-3459, 800-523-6643
575-472-3425

Harding County –
2536 Ridge Runner Road
Las Vegas, NM 87701 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 505-425-6741, 888-456-0037
Fax: 505-454-0256

Lea County –
2120 N. Alto Suite D
Hobbs, NM 88240 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-397-3400
Fax: 575-393-2529

Lincoln County –
26387 Hwy 70
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346 Map
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-378-1762
Fax 575-378-2204

Otero County –
2000 Juniper Drive Map
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-437-9260, 800-826-4468
Fax: 575-437-3098

Quay County –
421 W. Tucumcari Blvd.
(between 5th & 6th Streets)
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-461-4627, 800-283-4465
575-461-2983

Roosevelt County –
1028 Community Way
Portales, NM 88130 Map 
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-356-4473
Fax: 575-359-1539

Union County –
834 Main St.
Clayton, NM 88415 Map 
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ph: 575-374-9401
Fax: 575-374-2853

Other Resources:

Health and Human Services Department (US Government-TANF)

New Mexico Human Services Department (TANF)

New Mexico Human Services Department (Main Site)


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