North Carolina’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called Work First (WF), is based on the premise that parents have a responsibility to support themselves and their children. Work First is an employment program designed to assist families that are in a temporary financial crisis. The Work First program provides a wide array of supportive services to aid families in achieving self-sufficiency. The Work First program promotes a strengths-based, family-centered practice approach.
Work First objectives include but are not limited to:
The following chart describes the Work First eligibility requirements:
|Eligibility requirement||what's needed|
|Identity||Passport, ID or other primary documents|
|Address/Living With/Living Arrangement||Valid NC driver's license, lease agreement or utility bill|
|Kinship||Birth certificate or copy of court order documents|
|Citizenship/Alien Status||Passport, ID or other primary documents|
|Social Security Number||Valid Social Security card or number|
|Income: Wages, self-employment, public benefits, private retirement benefits, trust, etc.||Wage stubs, verification from employer, tax forms, award letter|
|Assets/Resources||Ownership and tax records, bank and court documents|
|Assistance unit*||maximum benefit payment|
* The assistance unit includes all individuals who live in the home and will receive the benefit. This may include individuals who are temporarily absent from the home.
Work First Employment Services
Please call 704-296-4300 and you will be transferred to a Work First Employee. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message and your call will be returned within 48 hours.
Work First Family Assistance
Applications for Work First Assistance can be accessed in the following manner:
Submit all required, completed information one of these methods:
2330 Concord Avenue
Monroe, NC 28110