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TAFDC Welfare Program
for Worcester, Massachusetts


For more information about the TAFDC welfare program in Worcester, click on the questions below to go to the main TAFDC Welfare page on WorcesterResources.org:

What is the TAFDC welfare program?

The public welfare program in Worcester, known as Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), is a U.S. government program that provides cash and medical assistance to families in need to help them provide the basic necessities for their children.

Am I eligible?

To qualify for the TAFDC welfare program in Worcester, you must have a dependent child or be pregnant, and you must have little income and few assets. In addition, some families have to meet special work and school requirements. You must live in Massachusetts and be a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant.

Eligibility Check

The TAFDC Eligibility Check is an easy way for Worcester residents to find out if they are likely to qualify for welfare benefits, by answering questions online about their family, living situation, income, and expenses. You will see the results of the eligibility check right away, on your computer screen.

What benefits are available?

The cash benefit amount Worcester families receive from the welfare program depends on their income, household size, housing situation, and whether they must work or are exempt from the work requirement. There is often a time limit on cash benefits. Eligible families also get health insurance through MassHealth.

How do I apply?

To apply for TAFDC welfare in Worcester, you should call or visit the Department of Transitional Assistance, 9 Walnut St., Worcester, MA 01608, 1-800-249-2007. You will need proof of identity, income, assets, and expenses.

How do I use my TAFDC benefits?

You will receive half of your monthly welfare grant twice a month, either deposited directly into your Worcester bank account or paid through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. With your EBT card, you can withdraw cash at bank ATMs and supermarkets.


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