Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) is a time-limited program that assists needy families with children through a combination of cash assistance and work opportunities.

Conditions of eligibility include cooperation with child support, participation in work activities and compliance with substance abuse provisions.

Maryland’s requirement for work activities is 30 hours per week, 20 of which must be “core activities” that include job search and job readiness training.

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Who is eligible for TANF in Maryland? #

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In order to qualify for TANF in Maryland, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages). You must also be a resident of the state of Maryland.

How do I get cash assistance in Maryland? #

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Apply in person at your local DSS office or you may also file an application online at myDHR — a web-based screening and application tool for all Marylanders to apply for benefits.

All work eligible applicants are required to seek employment and participate fully in work requirement activities from the day they apply for benefits.

How much cash assistance will I get in MD? #

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How much cash assistance you get in Maryland largely depends upon your family’s income and size. Maryland’s TCA pays a maximum of $727 per month for eligible families of three — up to a lifetime limit of 60 months.

In addition, starting January 2021, TANF families would get additional $100 per month per person for six months. This will help more than 66,000 Maryland families that are struggling to make ends meet. 1

How long can you get TCA in Maryland? #

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TCA has a 60 month (5 year) lifetime limit for recipients. Recipients may go on and off of TCA as often as needed, but may not exceed the 60 months of benefits unless otherwise exempt due to hardship.


Families who need only short-term assistance may apply for a Welfare Avoidance Grant (WAG) instead of monthly TCA benefits. Eligible families may receive a lump sum payment equivalent to three months of TCA benefits or more but it is limited to one payment per year.

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For more information on Temporary Cash Assistance in Maryland,
Call 1-800-332-6347


  1. Maryland.gov, Governor Hogan Announces Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits and $40 Million in Additional State-Issued TCA Benefits Starting January 2021