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TANF Massachusetts

Information on TANF Massachusetts Program

TANF Massachusetts is a support service for Massachusetts families.  The purpose of TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) Massachusetts is to provide financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living.  Eligible TANF households receive monthly cash and Medicaid benefits. TANF uses state funds to provide cash assistance to families.

Under TANF, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more TANF benefits. The 60 months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count

Do You Qualify for Massachusetts TANF?

To qualify for Massachusetts TANF:

  • you must be a resident of Massachusetts,
  • either pregnant OR responsible for a child under 19 years of age,
  • a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident,
  • have low or very low income,
  • and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

TANF Massachusetts Application Process:

  • To apply for public assistance go to the Transitional Assistance Office that covers your city or town (location lookup). There you will meet with a Transitional Assistance Worker who will start the process. For more help applying for public assistance, call the Application Information Unit at 1-800-249-2007.

1010 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 989-2200
Fax: (617) 427-9214

For more information on Massachusetts TANF:

Program Contact Information

To learn more about Massachusetts TANF, please call 1-800-249-2007.