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Massachusetts Cash Assistance Programs

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TAFDC Welfare Program
for residents of Massachusetts
- an overview -


For more information about the TAFDC welfare program in Massachusetts, click on the questions below:

What Is the TAFDC Welfare Program?

The public welfare program in Massachusetts, known as Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), is a U.S. government program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families with dependent children to help them provide the basic necessities for their children.

Am I Eligible?

To qualify for the TAFDC welfare program in Massachusetts, you must have a dependent child or be pregnant, and you must have little income and few assets. In addition, some families have to meet special work and school requirements. You must live in Massachusetts and be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Eligibility Check

The TAFDC Eligibility Check is an easy way for Massachusetts residents to find out if they are likely to qualify for welfare benefits, by answering questions online about their family, living situation, income, and expenses. You will see the results of the eligibility check right away, on your computer screen.

What Benefits Will I Get?

The cash benefit amount Massachusetts families get from the welfare program depends on their income, household size, housing situation, and whether they must work or are exempt from the work requirement. There is often a time limit on cash benefits. Eligible families also get health insurance through MassHealth.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for TAFDC welfare in Massachusetts, you should call or visit your local Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office. Call the DTA 1-800-249-2007 for your local office information. You will need proof of identity, income, assets, and expenses when you apply.

How Do I Use My TAFDC Benefits?

You will receive half of your monthly welfare grant twice a month, either deposited directly into your bank account or paid through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. With your EBT card, you can withdraw cash at bank ATMs and supermarkets.

Useful Links

Links to other web sites with information about the TAFDC welfare program.