The Government Benefits Unit helps individuals and families navigate a complex maze of state and federal laws to access benefits.
The Government Benefits Unit can assist with:
- Transitional assistance benefits such as Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) & EAEDC (Emergency Assistance to Elderly, Disabled, and Children)
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits appeals
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeals
Our advocates are in constant contact with administrative agencies, pursuing both formal and informal appeals from agency reviews and fair hearings, all the way through to the state and federal court systems. Many of our clients have physical and/or mental disabilities and we work to ensure that these individuals realize full and fair treatment. Few other law offices provide the time, patience and expertise to be successful in this greatly needed, yet not overly serviced, area of law.
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Mass Legal Help
Massachusetts legal aid programs put together this website to help you find practical information about your legal rights. For example, information about issues regarding unemployment or employment matters, CORI, SNAP benefits (formerly called “Food Stamps”), immigration and many more areas.
The Virtual Gateway Screening Service is a quick and easy way for people who live in Massachusetts to find out if they qualify for a variety of health, child care, and food assistance programs, including SNAP benefits (formerly called "Food Stamps".
Note: If you have already submitted a SNAP application recently or your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits, DO NOT SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION. Instead, contact your local DTA office (Department of Transitional Assistance) to inquire about the status of your SNAP application or your case.
Mass.gov provides information about a wide range of assistance programs for people in need living in Massachusetts, including information on what benefits are available, how to apply, eligibility requirements, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked questions.
Mass 211 is a helpline connecting callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can dial 2-1-1 on your telephone or call 1-877-211-MASS (6277).