The Disability and Benefits Unit helps individuals and families navigate a complex maze of state and federal laws and procedures and overcome bureaucratic roadblocks to ensure access to the benefits to which they are entitled.
The Disability and Benefits Unit can assist with:
- transitional assistance benefits such as Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, TAFDC & EAEDC
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits appeals
- utilities termination prevention and restoration
- 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
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 might be able to get help getting health care or health insurance, help paying for child care, help getting food, and help with many other needs.
If the Screening Service shows that you should be eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly called “Food Stamps”), you will be able to submit an initial application online.
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 localDTA office to inquire about the status of your SNAP application or your case.
MassResources.org 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).