The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, or DTA, is the state agency that administers direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as provides workforce training opportunities.
Food Assistance (www.mass.gov/snap)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP: Formerly the Food Stamps Program, SNAP benefits are provided by the federal government and administered by DTA. Residents of the Commonwealth who participate in SNAP are families with children, elders and disabled.
DTA SNAP Outreach Partners: DTA partners with over 90 organizations across the state to offer SNAP application assistance. Outreach partners can help households complete a SNAP application, interim report and recertification, understand the application process, gather and submit required verifications and remain eligible for SNAP by helping with the recertification process. Find a partner at www.mass.gov/snap-outreach
Economic (Cash) Assistance (www.mass.gov/dta/assistance)
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC): Provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, with little to no assets or income. Participants receive child care and transportation support associated with job assistance and can access a number of supportive referrals to substance abuse and/or 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.
Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC): Provides cash assistance to those in need to stabilize their lives. Recipients must meet certain eligibility criteria.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Cash assistance program administered by the Social Security Administration for the elderly (over age 65) and disabled. Assists the elderly and certain categories of long-term disabled residents to receive SSI benefits. For more information on SSI eligibility, contact the Social Security Administration.
Employment Services Program (ESP) (www.mass.gov/dta/work)
Assists clients in finding jobs, resolving barriers to employment and providing a way to self-sufficiency. ESP is an employment-oriented program that is structured within the following two areas:
Employment Programs: Provides clients with the basic skills, education, occupational skills and support services needed to acquire and retain jobs.
Support Services: Offers a variety of programs to support clients to acquire and maintain employment. Some of these supports include coordination of child care and transportation services as well as referrals to supports offered by other state agencies.
Help for Victims of Domestic Violence on Public Assistance(www.mass.gov/dta/domesticviolence)
The DTA Domestic Violence Unit has domestic violence specialists to help households address safety concerns and address barriers to program participation. The DV unit bridges DTA to other domestic violence service providers. To contact a Domestic Violence specialist, call your local office and ask to be connected with the Domestic Violence specialist.
Application Information Unit: 1-800-249-2007; M-F: 8:45am – 5pm.
Provides information and answers questions on how to apply for assistance and for services offered by DTA.