DTA - Department of Transitional Assistance Southbridge
(508) 765 - 240
Financial Help Provided: Cash Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Heap, Emergency Aid to Families.
The mission of the Department of Transitional Assistance is to assist low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, increase their incomes, and improve their quality of life.
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) 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. It is operated under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and is described in the Commonwealth's TANF State Plan. Participants receive child care and transportation support associated with job assistance and can access a number of supportive referrals to substance abuse and mental health services, and domestic violence specialists.
As part of TAFDC, participants may be required to perform a work-related activity in order to receive benefits. DTA provides job assistance to TAFDC participants including job training, job search, and placements into jobs. Other key services include Access to Basic Education, English for Employment, Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) assistance, work readiness and skills training. It is especially important for clients to gain employment during their time on TAFDC as recipients are limited to 24 months of assistance in any continuous 60-month period. DTA offers many job assistance programs to provide clients with access to employment and training opportunities.
To be eligible for TAFDC, a recipient must:
- Meet certain requirements including:
- 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)
- Meet income and asset limits
- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
- Live in Massachusetts
To apply for TAFDC, please contact DTA's Application Information Unit or your local Transitional Assistance Office.
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