What are the basic benefits available to TAFDC recipients?
The basic grant amount depends on the number of people in your TAFDC assistance unit and your net countable income. See How much will you get each month?.
The basic grant includes a $40 per month rent or mortgage allowance if you pay for private, unsubsidized housing. 106 C.M.R. § 705.910.
Your family automatically qualifies for MassHealth, 106 C.M.R. § 705.100, but you may be told you have to show proof of citizenship if you are a citizen. See F.O. Memo 2007-10 (Feb. 20, 2007).
In September, you will receive a $150 clothing allowance for each individual in the assistance unit who is under age 19. 106 C.M.R. §§ 204.420-204.425. This includes pregnant or parenting teens under age 19. Children excluded by the family cap do not get a clothing allowance.
The minimum grant amount is $10 a month. If you are eligible for less than that, you will not get a cash payment but you will still be considered a recipient for purposes of MassHealth and other benefits (and you will get the clothing allowance in September). 106 C.M.R. § 204.610.
Produced by Deborah Harris, Ruth Bourquin, Patricia Baker Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Last updated January 2013