GETTING ASSISTANCE FOR NON-FOOD ITEMS IN TEXAS

Food stamps benefits help millions of Americans purchase groceries every month. In the state of Texas, SNAP benefits are granted to eligible applicants who demonstrate a financial need for food assistance. Texas food stamps petitioners must also meet the income requirement to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

TANF is a government welfare program that helps Americans pay for basic needs every month. TANF provides eligible families in tough financial situations with monthly allowances to cover the cost of clothes, food, transportation, housing, utilities, and much more. Texas residents in crisis and individuals without dependents may receive TANF benefits for one month if income requirements are met. Within the scope of TANF eligibility, a crisis is defined as a medical emergency or losing a job or housing.

Monthly TANF payments are reserved for low-income families. To be eligible for monthly TANF benefits in Texas, the petitioner must have at least one dependent younger than 18 living in the household and financial need must be established.

To meet the income requirements, a household must have a gross monthly income that is equal to or less than the following figures:

  • For households of one, the maximum allowable income is $64 if the child is the only beneficiary, and $78 if the home has one guardian
  • For households of two, the maximum allowable income is $92 if the child is the only beneficiary, $163 if the home has one guardian, and $125 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of three, the maximum allowable income is $130 if the child is the only beneficiary, $188 if the home has one guardian, and $206 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of four, the maximum allowable income is $154 if the child is the only beneficiary, $226 if the home has one guardian, and $231 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of five, the maximum allowable income is $198 if the child is the only beneficiary, $251 if the home has one guardian, and $268 if the home has two guardians
  • For each additional household member, add $43

If a petitioner is the grandparent or guardian of a child, the income limit may be slightly higher than the listed figures.

The TANF monthly payments are contingent on household size and income. Grandparents applying for TANF benefits may receive a onetime payment of $1000 regardless of household size. The maximum household payment is as follows:

  • For households of one, the maximum allowable payment is $98 if the child is the only beneficiary, or $120 if the home has one guardian
  • For households of two, the maximum allowable payment is $141 if the child is the only beneficiary, $248 if the home has one guardian, and $189 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of three, the maximum allowable payment is $197 if the child is the only beneficiary, $286 if the home has one guardian, and $313 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of four, the maximum allowable payment is $235 if the child is the only beneficiary, $344 if the home has one guardian, and $352 if the home has two guardians
  • For households of five, the maximum allowable payment is $302 if the child is the only beneficiary, $382 if the home has one guardian, and $408 if the home has two guardians