TAFDC (Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children) participation by city and town ("County Subdivision") in Massachusetts

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Cash assistance used to be a reliable back-up for the lowest-income families. Today, the program reaches only a small share of needy families.
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Number – Number of TAFDC recipients. A “recipient” is a person who receives TAFDC benefits.

The Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children or TAFDC (cash assistance) program provides a small cash grant to families with children and pregnant women only if they have little or no income or assets. 

Data Source: Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, DTA Facts and Figures. December data as of January of the following year.

Footnotes: Data provided by zip code. DTA suppresses data for zip codes with fewer than 11 recipients.