Workforce Services

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

The Arkansas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was created to help families stay together by empowering family leaders with job skills, resources and assistance. With that in mind, TANF serves four functions:

  • Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in homes of relatives.
  • Ends the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  • Reduces the incidences of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
  • Encourages the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

TEA: The Transitional Employment Assistance program emphasizes work as the first step toward building a brighter future. Through training, education and work activities, individuals are guided to become self-sufficient. This federally funded program provides time-limited cash assistance to needy families with (or expecting) children. In addition, TEA furnishes parents with work training and other supportive services they need in order to attain permanent self-sufficiency. The TEA program also provides assistance to children being cared for by non-parental guardians. Financial assistance is based on family size, income, resources and the ages of the children. Time-limited support is provided with a variety of supportive services while moving individuals back into the labor market.

Work Pays: Arkansas Work Pays is a post-employment program that provides assistance to prior participants of the TEA program. Participating families are eligible for the same support services and assistance as families enrolled in the TEA program and will receive a monthly cash assistance payment. The extra income provided is designed to help families make an easier transition to self-sufficiency.

Career Pathways: Under the Career Pathways Initiative, Arkansas invests public funds to support the development and implementation of career pathway programs in the state’s two-year colleges and technical institutions for low income families. In addition, career pathway programs provide training in local, high-demand occupations and career fields, in addition to intensive counseling and supplemental services such as child care and transportation assistance.

Community Investment Initiative: The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services contracts with private or community organizations, including faith-based organizations, to offer services and supports to parents, children and youth in their communities. The Community Investment Initiative focuses on improving outcomes for youth; parenting and family functioning; marriage and relationship skills; employment skills; family connections of parents who leave state jails and prisons; and support devices to child-only cases in the TEA program.

Click on one of the following links for more information about TANF.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FROM THE ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES​

Unemployment claims

To file an unemployment claim, please visit EZARC.ADWS.Arkansas.gov. Questions about unemployment insurance claims may be directed to the UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178.

New FOIA Request Portal

Now Arkansas citizens can submit FOIA requests to ADWS through an easy-to-use online portal! Click the link below to submit a request.

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1099s

If you received unemployment insurance benefits during the year 2022, you need a 1099 form to file your income tax return. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services will mail 1099s by January 31, 2023, to the address on file as of January 17, 2023. If you do not receive your 1099 in the mail by February 12, 2023, you may call the UI Hotline to be sure we have the correct address on file. 1099s will not be mailed to updated addresses prior to February 12, 2023. UI Hotline: 1-844-908-2178 Read more here.

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