Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

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Financial Assistance for Families and Individuals in Need

Programs targeted to offer financial assistance in the form of cash grants, annuities or other benefits to eligible individuals.


Assistance for Elderly, Disabled, and Children For the purpose of providing cash assistance to the elderly, disabled, those caring for a disabled person, or certain families ineligible for other types of assistance, with little or no assets and income. Many clients await approval for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Assistance for Families with Dependent Children For the purpose of meeting the basic needs and reducing barriers to self-sufficiency for families with little or no assets or income including providing monthly grants through the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program, limited transportation reimbursements for clients participating in work activities, and payment of GED test fees.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance For the purpose of assisting low income families to pay energy bills through cash payments sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
SSI State Supplemental Program For the purpose of administering the State Supplemental Program (SSP), a state-funded cash assistance program targeted to help the elderly, disabled, and blind individuals meet basic needs. Payments are in addition to federal SSI benefits and eligibility is determined by the federal SSI program and UMass Disability Evaluation Services (DES).
Veterans Benefits For the purpose of reducing indigence by providing a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for qualified veterans and their dependents including financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, fuel and medical care, and an annual annuity to qualified disabled veterans.

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