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Haitian TPS Clinic This Friday in Dorchester; FAQ on Fed/State Benefits

As you know from yesterday's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, e-blasts and the news, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) re-designated and extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Catholic Charities will launch a new round of legal clinics starting this Friday, May 27th. They will add more clinics in Boston (Dorchester) and Brockton over the next week. Please check the Mass Legal Help website for up to date information. Attached please find flyers in English and Haitian Creole.

Unfortunately, as we discussed, TPS does not create "qualified" immigrant status for SNAP, federal MassHealth, TANF, SSI program purposes. However, TPS immigrants can always apply for SNAP and other benefits otherwise eligible household members. If they have income (earnings, unearned income), it should be treated favorably in the SNAP calculation so as not to penalize the eligible household members. If you have questions about SNAP or other benefits, contact me.

Here is a link to an FAQ we produced last year on benefits and Haitians with TPS. The information in this FAQ is still current, with the exception that the TPS status has been redesignated and extended.


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