Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Updated August 24, 2020

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.



  • Who qualifies for welfare in Maryland?

    In order to qualify for welfare 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?

    Apply in person at your local DSS office or you may also file an application online at myDHR for expedited processing.

    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?

    Maryland’s TCA pays up to a maximum of $709 per month for eligible families of three — up to a lifetime limit of 60 months.

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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.