Public Assistance Programs (TCA/TDAP)
You can apply for Temporary Cash Assistance (
If you apply online, please capture and retain the control number provided (a nine digit number starting with the letter "S"), so that your application may be tracked by you until you are contacted by an agency team member to complete the interview and application evaluation process.
Applications may also be obtained and/or dropped off at one of the three Neighborhood Opportunity Service Centers.
- TESS Center/Mary Center - 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
- Gaithersburg – Family Services, Inc, 620 E. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
- Wheaton – Catholic Charities – McCarrick Center, 12247 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Applicants who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency will have access to an interpreter. The interpreter may be a local department staff member, an individual designated by the applicant, an individual outside the agency who is proficient in the customer’s language, or the department can use the Language Line. An interpreter cannot be a minor child.
In general, the following documents are needed:
- Proof of identity
- Social Security number (not the Social Security Card)
- Proof of residence
- Proof of income
- Proof of citizenship or immigration status for non-U.S. born applicants
Other information may be required once the interview has been completed
Eligibility is based upon household size, income and assets. U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the programs but non-citizens with “qualified immigrant” status may also meet eligibility requirements. Specific information on eligibility is available at the local offices
1. Where should I apply?
Applicants are encouraged to contact an office location based on their zip code. See the listing of those zip codes (below) that correspond to each office.
Rockville Office (1301 Piccard Drive):
Silver Spring Office (8818 Georgia Avenue):
Germantown Office (12900 Middlebrook Road):
2. If approved, how will I receive my benefits?
Cash benefits are issued through the Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBT) plastic card known as the Independence Card. You can withdraw money from automatic teller machines (ATM) or buy things at participating stores. Cash benefits are made available from the 2nd to the 4th of every month, based on the first letter of your last name.
No additional Information at this time.