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EAEDC during the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed September 2022

Many EAEDC rules are not in effect. The application process is simpler.

What is EAEDC?

EAEDC is a cash benefit for adults with disabilities, caregivers, and some children who are not able to get TAFDC (DTA cash benefit for families and pregnant people).

EAEDC is a state benefit. It is different from SSI, which is a federal benefit. You cannot get both at the same time. You can find basic information about who can get EAEDC on the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) website. See Check EAEDC eligibility and how to apply.


How do I apply for EAEDC during COVID-19?

  1. Apply online at DTAConnect.com
    • The application is very short. After you submit it, DTA will interview you by phone.
    • You can fill out the application in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.
    • If you do not already get SNAP, your application counts as a SNAP application also.
    • The application asks about money in the bank - this is out of date. Money you have in the bank or other assets do not matter for EAEDC or TAFDC eligibility (as of July 2021).
    • If you have “Heightened Security” on your DTA case for safety reasons, call DTA’s Ombuds Unit : 617-348-5354.
  2. Call a DTA office to apply by phone:
    • Find contact information for your local DTA office online. If you try to call your local office 2 or 3 times and you cannot get through, call DTA’s Ombuds Unit : 617-348-5354.
  3. Visit any DTA office to apply in person. 

What else do I need to know to apply for EAEDC during COVID-19?

DTA will ask you to have a medical provider fill out a form to show proof that you have a short or long term disability that makes it hard to work. If you have a hard time getting this form done, tell DTA. They should help and make sure your EAEDC is not delayed because you are having a hard time getting the form done. 

EBT card:

  • If you do not have an EBT card, DTA will mail one to you. It may take 7-10 days to arrive.
  • If you already have an EBT card when you have your phone interview, tell DTA you already have a card. 
  • You can get a card at any local office. If you go in person to get an EBT card and the local office tells you you cannot get a card in person, email [email protected]

Are there other changes to the TAFDC program during COVID-19?

Yes. To learn more, visit Masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19

What should I do if I start to get Unemployment while I am getting EAEDC?

Tell DTA about your Unemployment within 10 days of getting your first payment.

DTA will close your EAEDC case. DTA will send you a notice to tell you if your SNAP will continue.

How do I tell DTA about changes and submit documents?

Write to DTA about changes you need to report:

Put your DTA Agency ID or the last 4 digits of your SSN on all pages.

Keep a copy and add a note to yourself about when and how you sent it.

  1. Use the DTA Connect app on a smartphone or tablet. You can see information about your DTA benefits and upload documents.
  2. Create an account on the DTA Connect website. You can see information about your DTA benefits and upload documents.
  3. Go to a DTA office.
  4. Fax the information to (617) 887-8765.
  5. Mail the information to:
    DTA Document Processing Center
    PO Box 4406
    Taunton, MA 02780

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