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Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance Benefits

Program Description

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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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).

You may file an application online. To download an application, please visit

Program Contact Information

For more information on Temporary Cash Assistance in Maryland, please visit:
Or call:

Or write:
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201