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Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a state and federally funded program which provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, with little or no assets or income. It is operated under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and is described in the Commonwealth's TANF State Plan. Participants receive child care and transportation support associated with job assistance and can access a number of supportive referrals to substance abuse and mental health services, and domestic violence specialists.
As part of TAFDC, participants may be required to perform a work-related activity in order to receive benefits. DTA provides job assistance to TAFDC participants including job training, job search, and placements into jobs. Other key services include Access to Basic Education, English for Employment, Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) assistance, work readiness and skills training. It is especially important for clients to gain employment during their time on TAFDC as recipients are limited to 24 months of assistance in any continuous 60-month period. DTA offers many job assistance programs to provide clients with access to employment and training opportunities.
To be eligible for TAFDC, a recipient must:
- Meet certain requirements including:
- Have at least one dependent child under 18 or 19 (including teen parents) OR
- Pregnant women with no children (the child is expected to be born within 120 days of the application)
- Meet income and asset limits
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
- Live in Massachusetts
Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)
The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC) is a state funded program which provides cash assistance to those in need to stabilize their lives. Recipients receive EAEDC by meeting the following eligibility criteria:
- Meet certain requirements including one or more of the following:
- Unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity which has lasted or will last at least 60 days and meets the Department-established medical standards for disability;
- Over 65 years old and waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to begin;
- Caring for a child living in the home and not related to the individual;
- Participating in a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission program; or
- Required to be in the home to care for an incapacitated individual who would have to be institutionalized if someone does not provide the care in the home.
- Meet income and asset limits
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a cash assistance program administered by the Social Security Administration for the elderly (over age 65) and disabled. The Department works with the Social Security Administration to assist the elderly and certain categories of long-term disabled residents to receive SSI benefits. Individuals receiving SSI are automatically eligible for MassHealth and Department of Transitional Assistance handles SNAP benefits for SSI recipients.
For more information on SSI eligibility, contact the Social Security Administration.
This information is provided by the Department of Transitional Assistance.