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Income and Benefits, Mass. Legal Help. Information "about benefits that people can get from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). Learn about: Welfare, SNAP/Food Stamps, state disability benefits, and emergency shelter; how these programs work; program rules; how to apply for these benefits; and special rules for seniors, teens, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and others."

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.18 Department of Transitional Assistance

Massachusetts Regulations

106 CMR Department of Transitional Assistance


Department of Transitional Assistance

Other Web Sources

Applying for Emergency Assistance Shelter: A guide for families, Mass. Law Reform Institute and Rosie's Place, June 2014. Also available in Spanish. New! "Emergency Assistance is the shelter system for families in Massachusetts..." Pregnant
women and families with children are eligible." There are several more requirements to be eligible. The guide explains these requirements and how to apply for shelter. For more detailed information, see Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide, below.

Beyond Financial Aid: A Guide to Extra Help for Low-Income Adult Students, Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Ruthie Liberman, Crittenton Women’s Union. "Public programs can offer support, but sometimes the rules about who is eligible for public benefits, such as housing assistance, food stamps, or unemployment insurance, are different for students. This booklet will help you determine which public benefits may be available to you and your family while you go to school."

EAEDC: Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children, Mass. Legal Help. "EAEDC is a cash benefit for disabled adults, caretakers, and some children who are not able to get TAFDC."

Emergency Assistance Advocacy Guide, Mass. Law Reform, 2013. "Using a simple question-and-answer format, this Guide leads advocates and homeless families through the rules governing eligibility for Emergency Assistance--the program that provides emergency shelter and rehousing services to homeless families with children in Massachusetts."

Food Stamps/SNAP Advocacy Guide, Mass. Law Reform, 2014. Online version of the print title. Covers eligibility, benefits, applications and more.

HomeBASE is a flexible financial household assistance resource that is available to families who are eligible for the state’s Emergency Assistance (EA) Program. Up to $4,000 of Household Assistance can be used to help you and your family find your own apartment, co-house by living with someone else and sharing household costs, pay for moving expenses to another state or location in-state and for other costs, such as child care to help with securing or maintaining employment or job training.

POMS Manual: SSA's Program Operations Manual System, Social Security Administration.

Programs That Help With Money, Mass. Legal Help, 2010. Written for domestic violence survivors, this is a helpful guide to programs that provide financial assistance, with forms and explanations of the application process.

TAFDC Advocacy Guide, Mass. Law Reform, 2013. Online version of the print title. Covers eligibility, benefits, applications and more.