Can Haitian immigrants get state-funded benefits?
Massachusetts provides state-funded cash assistance for persons who are elderly (age 65+), severely disabled or caring for a distantly related or an unrelated child.
But not your own?
The benefit is very small ($303/month) for a one-person household. There are no state-funded Food Stamps/SNAP benefits for immigrants in Massachusetts.
The EAEDC program is available to “qualified aliens” including those who meet the federal requirements listed above, as well as legally present immigrants “under color of law” (PRUCOL). This includes immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), with pending adjustment for a green card, and other statuses. Many LPRs who are elder or disabled receive EAEDC due to the extremely difficult eligibility rules in the SSI program affecting immigrants. Contact an advocate if you have an elder or severely disabled Haitian client who is an LPR or otherwise in “qualified” status and was denied SSI.