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Check EAEDC eligibility and how to apply

You must meet certain requirements to get EAEDC. While you’re thinking about applying, keep these rules in mind.

Overview

To receive EAEDC, you must:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a certain kind of legal noncitizen
  • Meet income and asset limits

Basic requirements

EAEDC can help you if you are:

Income limits

The income limits are based on living arrangement, which is who you live with or where you live. There are several different living arrangements, each with a different income limit. Use your  gross income to see if you qualify. Gross income is the amount before taxes or other deductions. 

Living arrangement Household size Monthly income 
You live alone. Or, you live your spouse or children who don’t get TAFDC or EAEDC. You have shelter costs.

1

2

Each additional household member

$303.70

$395.10

+ $91.60

You live with your spouse who gets TAFDC for your stepchild(ren).

1

2

Each additional household member

$91.60

$183.20

+ $91.60

You live with your spouse who gets EAEDC personally or TAFDC for a young extended family member. You have shelter costs.

1

2

Each additional household member

$202.50

$263.40

+ $61.10

You live in a halfway house or an institution like a psychiatric hospital, licensed nursing home, or residential treatment center. 1 $72.80
You do not have a place to live or you live in a shelter during the night. You have no shelter costs.

1

2

Each additional household member

$92.80

$184.40

+$91.60

You live in a licensed rest home, also known as a residential care facility. 1 The facility’s monthly rate plus $72.80.
You live in a therapeutic community center. 1 $196

 

If you are applying because you are caring for a disabled person, the disabled person’s income cannot be more than $1,500 monthly. 

Deductions

A deduction is the amount of your income that doesn't count. If your income is from a job, deductions are allowed as follows:

  • $200
  • the cost of childcare (restrictions apply)

Asset limits

Your total assets cannot add up to more than:

  • $250 for 1 person
  • $500 for 2 people

Assets are things of value like bank accounts and cars. If you own 1 car, $1,500 of its value does not count.

If you give assets away to become eligible for EAEDC, you are not eligible.

Certain things, like the house you live in, do not count as assets.

If you are applying because you are caring for a disabled person, the disabled person’s assets cannot be more than $2,000.

How to apply

You can apply for EAEDC at your local DTA office.

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