Pandemic emergency assistance fund for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families


DPHSS announces that the release of Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds (PEAF) will be distributed to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who received cash assistance in the month of October 2021.

PEAF will be distributed in two issuance dates. TANF Families will receive $1,161.25 on November 19, 2021. These benefits will be electronically loaded into the TANF recipients’ EBT cards. The second issuance will occur in the month of December, and the benefit amount will be determined based on the number of TANF cases approved as of November 2021.

This supplemental benefit is federally funded and offered through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The purpose is to provide certain non-recurrent, short term benefits to help TANF families with children deal with a specific crisis situation or episode of need or emergency assistance such as emergency housing and short-term homelessness assistance, emergency food aid, utility payments, burial assistance, clothing allowances and back to school costs incurred as a result of the pandemic. For more information, contact DPHSS Bureau of Economic Security (BES) by calling the numbers below:

BES North (Dededo) at 671-635-7488/635-7484/635-7439/635-7396/635-7429

BES Central (RAN-Care) at 671-300-8853/300-8854/300-8850/300-8865