Government Benefits

Did you know that most people do not receive all the governmental benefits they are entitled to primarily because they don’t know they exist or how to apply for them? There are numerous state and federally funded programs, each with its own application process and eligibility requirements. We’ll help to make sure you receive all the benefits you and your family deserve.

Visit www.MassResources.org for a complete listing and explanation of all Massachusetts benefit programs available. The site includes information about each benefit and available programs, eligibility requirements, how to apply, benefit amounts, and on-line “eligibility checks” and applications. We are available to assist you at all stages of the application process and to advise you of your rights and recourse on appeal. Below are a few of the most common benefits accessed by families:

Cash Assistance Programs
Financial assistance for families with limited income, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities to assist with basic living expenses, including Social Security Income (SSI), Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) and Transitional Aid to Family with Dependent Children (TAFDC).

Food Programs
Programs provide financial assistance, free food, low cost food and information about good nutrition. Apply on-line for SNAP Food Stamps. See separate condensed SNAP Application for the Elderly, age 60 or older.

Housing Programs
Programs to assist families with limited income find affordable housing in public or privately owned units. These include Market Rate Housing, rented with your income or rented with a subsidy (Section 8 & Voucher Programs), and Subsidized Public Housing.

MassHealth
Public health insurance for Massachusetts residents that meet general and financial eligibility requirements.

Transportation
Qualify for reduced transportation costs and other special services. MassHealth will pay for transportation costs for medical appointments (PT-1 Form). The Ride offers door-to-door transit service in lift-equipped vehicles for eligible customers who can’t use subways, buses or trains due to disability. Charlie Cards are convenient for commuters and frequent Transit riders. Instead of paying each time you use the T, you can put cash on your card and the fare will be deducted each time you ride. Visit http://www.MBTA.com to purchase your Charlie Card on-line and to download the The Ride application.

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