Cash Benefits

Programs that provide cash allowances to help take care of basic needs

What are cash benefits and who qualifies?

Cash benefits include Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC). These programs provide small cash allowances to help take care of basic needs. TAFDC comes with additional benefits, including childcare, a clothing allowance, and transportation assistance.

You may be eligible for TAFDC if you are part of a family with dependent children or a pregnant woman, and if your monthly household income is very low. The benefit calculation takes into account dependent care costs and work expenses.
You may be eligible for EAEDC if you have very low monthly income and are a senior, have a documented disability, or are caring for a disabled person or a child.

Remember: You have the right to apply for benefits – whether or not DTA thinks you are eligible.

How do I apply?

To check eligibility and apply for cash benefits (TAFDC/EAEDC):

  • Go to
  • Call your local DTA office:
  • If you are applying for DTA’s cash assistance benefits, DTA must treat your application for cash as an application for SNAP. There is no need for a separate application or separate interview

If you already receive cash benefits:

  • You can complete your appointment over the phone. The in-person meeting requirement has been temporarily suspended.

What are my rights?

If you are denied cash benefits, or disagree with a decision DTA has made:

  • Call your case manager to ask more information about why they denied your case.
  • Call the DTA Ombudsman’s office and ask them to review your case at 617-348-5354 if you cannot reach a case manager.
  • Request a hearing if you disagree with DTA’s decision. There is an appeal form on the back of the DTA notice. Fill this out and fax or mail it back to DTA. During COVID-19 hearings are held by phone.
  • Contact 855-252-5342 or apply online at for free legal assistance.
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