FAQs

Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC): EAEDC provides cash assistance and medical benefits to low-income elders, disabled, and children in Massachusetts who do not qualify for other cash assistance programs. If you appear to be eligible for EAEDC and you need help right away, you can get an emergency assistance advance on your EAEDC benefits within 24 hours. These emergency assistance benefits include rent and utility vouchers, food vouchers, and temporary health care coverage.

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC): TAFDC is a government program that gives cash assistance and medical coverage to low-income families with dependent children and to pregnant women. Massachusetts residents who appear to be eligible for TAFDC and need help right away can get an emergency assistance advance on their TAFDC benefits within 24 hours. You can get rent and utility vouchers, a temporary MassHealth card, a cash advance, and emergency assistance food vouchers.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a government cash assistance program for low-income elders age 65 or older, and for disabled and blind people of any age who don't own much and have little income. Massachusetts residents who qualify for SSI emergency assistance can get an advance payment the same day for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, or other basic needs. Your local Social Security office decides if an emergency exists and if you qualify for an immediate payment.

Veterans' Services: A program that provides cash and medical assistance to low-income Massachusetts wartime veterans and their families who are in need of immediate help. If you are facing a financial emergency, your local Massachusetts Veterans' Agent can approve an emergency cash payment and an advance on benefits for food, rent, or other basic needs.

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