Marcia Hultman

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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 Social Services administers this economic assistance program and partners with the Department of Labor and Regulation to provide support to families on their journey to self-sufficiency.

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

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) helps TANF applicants and/or recipients with:
We help participants of this program increase job skills and overcome barriers to build strong, self-sufficient South Dakota families. While engaged in the TANF program, our employment specialists work with you to assist in navigating your path to training and employment. We can help you plan for your future and begin your career path by working with you on an individualized plan to build skills, stability, employability, and earning power.

Young adults whose families are receiving TANF are often eligible for assistance through our Job Service offices. Learn more at Career Launch SD.

If you would like to know more about TANF, contact your Job Service office or local DSS office.

Voter Registration Information

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires the State of South Dakota to designate any government agency that 1) provides public assistance; or 2) administers State-funded programs, primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities, as a Voter Registration Agency (VRA). A VRA is an agency that must provide voter registration services. Learn more.