An estimated 314,097 Massachusetts workers will lose all of their unemployment benefits as of the week ending September 4, due to the end of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). If your unemployment benefits are ending, you may be able to get other benefits such as SNAP and TAFDC.
SNAP (food stamps) is monthly money to buy food. Most households with low or no income are eligible for SNAP. Someone in your family must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible immigrant, but getting SNAP will not hurt your immigration status or the status of anyone who lives with you.
TAFDC is monthly cash for certain families with children and pregnant women. To get TAFDC, you must have very low income or no income. Someone in your family must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible immigrant. If you get TAFDC, you can also get free childcare, money for transportation to work, school or training, $300 for a new baby, $350 for each child getting benefits in September, and employment and training services.
Apply for SNAP and TAFDC through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) at DTAConnect.com.