People in need in Massachusetts may receive financial support and special services through programs offered through Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC). (TAFDC is Massachusetts' implementation of the Federal TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.) The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office determines eligibility and provides these public assistance services.
TAFDC provides time-limited cash benefits to certain families with dependent children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy. It is a federally subsidized program for dependent children who are deprived of support from a parent for any of the following reasons:
TAFDC recipients must meet work program requirements. Eligible recipients also receive medical assistance (known as MassHealth) and may be eligible to receive food stamps.
TAFDC benefits are time-limited for non-exempt families.
In order to receive TAFDC, an applicant or recipient must meet all applicable financial eligibility and non-financial eligibility requirements.
The regulations for the Transitional Aid program (106 CMR 203-208) are available in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at http://www.mass.gov/portal/index.jsp?pageID=eohhs2subtopic&L=5&L0=Home&L1=Government&L2=Laws%2c+Regulations+and+Policies&L3=Transitional+Assistance+Regulations&L4=106+CMR+203-208+Transitional+Aid+to+Families+with+Dependent+Children&sid=Eeohhs2
TAFDC - Categorical Eligibility Requirements - Massachusetts
TAFDC - Application Procedures - Massachusetts
TAFDC - Financial Eligibility Overview - Massachusetts
TAFDC - Non-Financial Eligibility Overview - Massachusetts
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