A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester

Department of Transitional Assistance

9 Walnut Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-445-6604 /(508) 767-3100

Cash Assistance

DTA–Cash Assistance

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC):
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children. It 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.

Requirements:

  • 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).
  • Must meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
  • Live in Massachusetts.

 

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC):
Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Requirements:

  • 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.
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