Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The South Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a public assistance program for families with serious financial needs. The Department of Labor and Regulation administers this program together with the Department of Social Services.

For more details on applying for TANF and the program’s requirements, visit the South Dakota Department of Social Services website.

The Department of Labor and Regulation helps TANF applicants and/or recipients with:

  • Finding jobs by making job referrals, setting up interviews and teaching you how to look for work.
  • Arranging additional training such as:
    • GED/high school diploma
    • English as a Second Language
    • On-the-job training
    • Work experience
    • Job-related education
    • Vocational training/college

We are in the business of building strong self-sufficient South Dakota families. We can help you plan for your future and help you get a “good” job, so you can move up the career ladder and avoid dead-end or high-turnover positions. TANF also pays close attention to your situation, so we can help with issues that might cause you to lose your job, such as problems with childcare, housing or transportation.

If you would like to know more about TANF, you have two easy options. If you live in a non-reservation community, contact your local job service office and ask to visit with a TANF employment specialist. If you live in a community within one of South Dakota’s reservations, contact your local Department of Social Services office and ask to talk to a TANF benefits specialist.