Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts TAFDC provides temporary cash assistance to families with minor children that have an income not exceeding 85% of the State Median Income and pregnant women with no assets or income. Those pregnant that are due in less than 4 months may apply for assistance.

Massachusetts requires all work-eligible recipients to participate in the Employment Services Program (ESP) for a specific number of hours a week. ESP provides a variety of education, skills training, and employment opportunities. They aim to lead families under the program to become self-sufficient.

FAQ’s about TAFDC in Massachusetts


How much does welfare pay in Massachusetts? 

The benefits you receive from TANF largely depend on your family’s income and size. A family of three with little or no income receives monthly $652 for 24 months. Exceptions for the time limit are available to seniors, disabled people, and minor children.

What are the qualifications for welfare in Massachusetts? 

  1. Residing in Massachusetts
  2. U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident
  3. Meet income and asset limits
  4. Responsible for minor children.

Application for TAFDC is through contacting the local Transitional Assistance Office in your county.

Call the Application Information Hotline at 1-800-249-2007 to learn which office to contact


  1. Massachusetts, the first state to raise their benefits as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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