PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS & FAMILIES
What is Chapter 115?
Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L ch. 115), the Commonwealth provides a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for veterans and their dependents. Qualifying veterans and their dependents receive necessary financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, fuel and medical care in accordance with a formula that takes into account the number of dependents and income from all sources.
How do I find out if I'm eligible?
By contacting the Veteran Service Officer in your town and asking to apply for Chapter 115 benefits. Eligible veterans and/or their family members must meet certain income criteria and their military experience must meet the Commonwealth's requirements.
Are these benefits taxable?
Chapter 115 benefits are not taxable income. You must report this income when applying for or renewing subsidized housing applications, Section 8 applications, and SNAP applications.
Is there a residency requirement?
You must apply for Chapter 115 in the town of which you reside. Each town in the Commonwealth has a veteran service agent. For a listing of veterans agents by town please click here.