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VICTORY - TAFDC Clothing Allowance at $150 in September!

We just learned from DTA that the full $150/child clothing allowance will be paid in September!!

Thanks to your advocacy, the Legislature and the Governor prioritized restoration of the clothing allowance if revenues improved. There has in fact been an increase in revenues over projections and the Governor included restoration in a supplemental budget filed last week. Even though that budget has not yet passed the Legislature and been signed into law, DTA got approval to pay the full amount in September, allowing families to buy school clothing and avoiding the confusion that would have resulted if families had gotten two separate reduced payments.

A sample notice DTA is sending to clients is attached.

Note that because the full clothing allowance is being paid, the TAFDC "standard of need" will increase in September by $150/child and the gross income limit by $277.50/child, allowing some working families to be eligible for benefits and also for subsidized child care. Even if the family is over-income for TAFDC after September, the family will continue to be eligible for subsidized child care if it has been approved for a subsidy in September and continues to be employed or have another allowed child care servce need.

For more information on how the TAFDC standard of need and gross income limit works, see MLRI's TAFDC Advocacy Guide at https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/2017-tafdc-advocacy-guide-0

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