> Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance
One of the components of the Family Investment Program, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) is that provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family's needs and while preparing participants for independence through work. Some families, who need only short-term assistance, may receive a welfare avoidance grant (WAG). A WAG is provided as a one-time lump sum payment equal to three months of TCA. Adults with dependent children applying for or receiving TCA must meet financial and technical eligibility requirements. Conditions of eligibility include cooperation with child support, participation in work activities and compliance with substance abuse provisions. Earned and unearned income cannot exceed the benefit level paid for the family size and assets are limited to $2,000. Sanctions may be imposed for program noncompliance.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maryland, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a citizen, or meet immigrant status rules, and have low or no income.
An application must be filed, interview conducted and all financial and technical eligibility factors met prior to issuance of benefits. There are a number of ways to apply, including at the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS). To find the office nearest you, visit:
You may file an application online at www.marylandsail.org.To download an application, please visit:
Program Contact Information:
For more information on Temporary Cash Assistance in Maryland, please visit:
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201