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What is Temporary Assistance?

Temporary Assistance (TA) is a cash benefit for low-income families to help cover costs for the household’s children, such as clothing, utilities and other services. Once you are approved for TA, you must participate in employment and training services through the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Program. This program will help you move away from needing cash benefits through TA by setting goals and helping you get the skills you need to find a job to support your family.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for help if you are the parent or guardian of a child under age 18 (unless the child is in high school and expected to graduate before age 19) and you:

  • Live in Missouri
  • Do not own resources worth more than $1,000 (except your home and one vehicle)
  • Do not make more than the current income limit
  • Have (or agree to apply for) a Social Security Number for all members of your household
  • Answer questions about illegal drug use and agree to take a drug test if required

NOTE: If any member of your household was convicted after August 22, 1996 of a felony or any crime related to illegal possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance, or is a fleeing felon and is in violation of a condition of their probation or parole, they will not be able to get TA benefits for themselves.

How do I Apply?

Complete these three simple steps to apply for Temporary Assistance:



First, you must watch an orientation video.

Then choose how you would like to apply:



You must also complete the following forms and submit with your application:



You can submit your completed form(s) in one of these ways:

  • Online:
  • Mail: Family Support Division
              P.O. Box 2700
              Jefferson City, MO 65102
  • Fax: 573-526-9400

NOTE: In some cases, we may need to interview you. We will contact you directly if an interview is needed.

When will I get my benefit?

The Family Support Division will process your application and any supporting documentation as soon as they receive it. This can take up to 10 days. Once your application is processed, you will get a letter that let’s you know if you are eligible for TA benefits or not.

If you are approved for TA, your first benefit will either be loaded to your EBT card or will be sent by direct deposit to your bank account within 45 days. After that, you will get your benefit monthly. The amount your household will get will depend on a few factors, including the size of your household and your current expenses related to caring for your children.