The Online Resource for Massachusetts Poverty Law Advocates

67. What other benefits do EAEDC recipients get?

Other benefits available to some recipients and former recipients include:

  • Up to $1,100 for funeral and burial expenses for a deceased EAEDC applicant or recipient who does not have the resources to pay for funeral and burial. This payment is also available to other deceased persons found without resources for a burial. The total expenses cannot go over $3,500. 106 C.M.R. §§ 705.700-705.710; DTA Transitions, Sept. 2012, pp. 5-6  A funeral home typically contacts DTA about this benefit.
  • Relocation benefit of up to $1000 to secure permanent housing (by paying for expenses such as advance rent, security deposit, rent or utility arrears, storage, moving costs, or critical household furniture or equipment) for EAEDC households with children who have been in an emergency shelter or
    a domestic violence shelter or a temporary housing arrangement provided through the Department of Housing and Community Development for 60 days or more and for some older teens who have been in a teen living program for 60 days or more. 106 C.M.R. § 705.350. DTA Operations Memos 2012-19 (Apr. 25, 2012) and 2011-48 (Nov. 3, 2011); DTA Transitions, May 2008,
    p. 8, Feb. 2007, p. 4.
  • Subject to available funding, DTA will pay for transportation costs if you need to move out of state. 106 C.M.R. §§ 705.800-705.840.

You can ask for these benefits at the local DTA office. If possible, put your request in writing and copy a copy of your request.

Advocacy Reminder:

Limit Offer