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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Programs

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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is intended to move low-income families from public assistance to self-sufficiency by providing cash assistance along with work readiness, training and job placement services.

The Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program is a companion program that focuses on work-readiness, training and job placement services. The department contracts with Job Service North Dakota to provide these services to JOBS participants.

For additional information regarding the TANF/JOBS Programs, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page. In addition, the publications page also contains policy manuals, news, and reports.

To apply for TANF, complete the Application for Assistance and/or contact your local Human Service Zone office (formerly known as county social service office). To find the nearest office, visit www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv.

To find out if you may qualify for other state and federal programs, visit Benefits.Gov and complete the online survey. This is only a screening tool, and not all North Dakota programs are included. To determine if you are eligible for financial assistance programs in North Dakota, you must complete the application process.

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Contact Us

For information related to application for benefits, program eligibility, or an existing case, contact your local human service zone office (formerly county social service office), OR direct your questions to the department.

Economic Assistance Policy Division
TANF / JOBS Programs
600 E Boulevard Dept 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll Free: (800) 755-2716 (ND Only)
ND Relay TTY: (800) 366-6888 or 711
dhseap@nd.gov

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