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DHR Service: Temporary Cash Assistance

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Maryland’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, provides cash assistance to families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.

To be eligible for TCA, a family must cooperate with child support, participate in work activities and comply with substance abuse provisions. Adults with dependent children applying for TCA must meet financial and technical eligibility requirements. Earned and unearned income cannot exceed the benefit level paid for the assistance unit size. Sanctions may be imposed for not complying with program requirements.

Families may also file an application for assistance with child care costs.

Apply at your Local Department of Social Services. Click here for a list of local departments to apply in person. You may also file an application by mail, fax or apply online at (click on file your application)