Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)

What is EAEDC?

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Am I eligible?

Elders, the disabled, children, and certain other individuals are eligible for EAEDC if they have very little income and resources and do not qualify for other cash assistance programs. You must be a resident of Massachusetts and a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Eligibility Check

The EAEDC Eligibility Check is an easy way for you to find out if you are likely to qualify for EAEDC by answering online questions about your family, your assets, and your income. You will see the results of the eligibility check right away, on your computer screen.

What benefits will I get?

The amount of monthly EAEDC cash benefits you will get depends on your family size, your living situation, and your income. The maximum monthly benefit for an individual paying all living expenses is about $300. You will also get health insurance through MassHealth.

How do I apply?

To apply for EAEDC, you should call or visit your local Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office. See the DTA’s list of DTA Office Locations, or call 1-800-249-2007 for more information. You will need proof of identity, income, assets, and expenses.

How do I use my benefits?

You will receive half of your monthly grant twice a month, either deposited directly into your bank account or paid through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. With your EBT card, you can withdraw cash at bank ATMs and supermarkets.