In Massachusetts, more than 3,000 families are homeless, and the vast majority of them rely on TAFDC
. These families will certainly be assisted more effectively in the next year and a half with support from ARRA, but it is important that we invest in appropriate supports--including education, training and the opportunity to build assets--so that they can remain economically stable after the ARRA funding has expired.
Massachusetts is one of thirteen states that in 1996 did not allow post-secondary education to meet any portion of the state's work activity requirement to receive TAFDC
If the teenager does not accept the recommendation (to either return to her parents' or guardians' home or to enter a TLP), she is no longer eligible for TAFDC; the case is closed after 30 days and referred to an outreach program.
Nearly three-fourths of the 127 of teenage parents (71 percent) reported receiving TAFDC at the time of the follow-up interview.
The Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or TAFDC, is a cash assistance program for low-income families with children.
The Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children, or EAEDC, is a state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, Supplemental Security Income, or other similar benefits.
"Are you a teen parent, client of TAFDC
, or an EADC family?" one flier asked.
"Here the governor is talking about job training and boosting the economy," she said, "and these TAFDC
(Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) recipients want to work.