How to apply for TANF in Boston
Boston TANF Application
Boston’s TANF guidelines adhere to the Massachusetts TANF requirements as well as the federal mandated regulations. To apply for TANF in Boston, applicants must contact the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance located in the heart of Boston. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to them via phone and ask any/all questions they have about the benefits program.
In order to qualify for TANF in Boston, applicants must follow the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. Massachusetts’s residents who qualify for welfare are required to furnish information such as citizenship, income, resources, and age. Only household members who are eligible can receive Massachusetts’s welfare benefits.
However, unlike Florida and New York, in Massachusetts, there is a separate program designed for children and pregnancy assistance. Called the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), it 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 childcare 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.
Eligibility requirements for TAFDC include having at least one dependent child under the age of 19, be pregnant, meet income limitations, be a US citizen, and prove residence in Boston.
To apply for TAFDC, contact your local Boston Transitional Assistance Office. For more help applying for public assistance, call the DTA at 1-877-382-2363.