Governor’s Office

DHR Service: Temporary Cash Assistance

Temporary Cash Assistance provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.

Families applying for TCA who need only short-term assistance may be eligible for a welfare avoidance grant. Families receive a one-time lump sum payment instead of monthly TCA.  Families may not apply for a welfare avoidance grant. Case managers will discuss a welfare avoidance grant with families applying for TCA.  Customers may not receive a welfare avoidance grant and TCA.

To be eligible, 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 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 www.marylandsail.org (click on file your application)