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TAFDC (Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children) participation in Massachusetts

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Why This Indicator Matters

Cash assistance used to be a reliable back-up for the lowest-income families. Today, the program reaches only a small share of needy families.
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Definition and Source



Number – Number of TAFDC recipients. A “recipient” is a person who receives TAFDC benefits.

The Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children or TAFDC (cash assistance) program provides a small cash grant to families with children and pregnant women only if they have little or no income or assets. 

Data Source

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, DTA Facts and Figures. December data as of January of the following year.


Data provided by zip code. DTA suppressed data for zip codes with fewer than 11 recipients through 2019, and starting in 2020 suppresses data for zip codes with fewer than 12 recipients. MassBudget recombines zip codes into cities and towns.

Last Updated

January 2024