You are not eligible for TAFDC benefits for yourself if
- you are violating a condition of probation or parole imposed after September 25, 1996,
- you are fleeing prosecution for punishment for a felony (or a “high misdemeanor” committed in New Jersey),
- you were convicted of false statements about residency to get benefits in two or more states, or
- you were convicted of a drug-related felony for conduct that occurred after August 22, 1996, you were incarcerated for the felony, you were released from prison less than 12 months ago, and you are subject to the time limit see
- Who is exempt from the time limit and Work Program?
- How do you qualify for a disability exemption?
- Are you subject to the time limit and work rules while DTA evaluates your disability claim?
- How do you qualify for an exemption as the caregiver for a disabled child?
- How do you qualify for an exemption as the caregiver for other disabled family members?
- How do you qualify for an exemption as a pregnant woman?
- How do you qualify for an exemption on the basis of age?
for exemptions from the time limit) and you were not granted a domestic violence waiver (see Can you get a waiver or good cause exception to welfare rules because of domestic violence? 106 C.M.R. § 701.110 (B); DTA Operations Memos 2013-37 (July 26, 2013); 2012-30 (June 20, 2012).
Other criminal history or activities that do not fall within these dates and conditions should not disqualify you from benefits.
If you get a notice from DTA that your TAFDC has been denied or reduced because of one of these situations, contact your local legal services program, Appendix D: Massachusetts Legal Services Offices, immediately. You have a right to appeal the denial or reduction. See Appeal Rights.
- You cannot be denied SNAP (food stamps) because of a drug felony conviction.
- If you are facing drug-related criminal charges, make sure your defense lawyer knows about this rule and how a felony conviction could affect your benefits.
- The rest of your family should remain eligible for benefits if you are disqualified under these rules. What happens if you are excluded from the assistance unit? explains how your income should be counted in figuring your family’s eligibility.
- A DTA hearing officer has ruled that a person who left another state to start a new life is not ineligible as a fleeing felon where the person was not trying to avoid punishment or prosecution.