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Program Description

  Office of Eligibility and Support Services

The Office of Eligibility and Support Services (OESS) serves low-income families and individuals facing significant challenges in meeting basic needs to include food, medical coverage, shelter, and child care. The Child Care Subsidies program and its functions have been merged into OESS. OESS determines eligibility for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA); Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP); Refugee Cash Assistance; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly known as Food Stamps); Medical Assistance for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (including long-term care); and the Affordable Care Act which includes Community Medical Assistance, Maryland Children's Health Program, Medical Assistance for Families and Children and Refugee Medical Assistance. This program also administers the County's Working Parents Assistance (WPA) Program that provides child care subsidy for county residents who are over the income eligibility for Maryland Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) and determines eligibility for the County's healthcare for the uninsured (Maternity Partnership, Care for Kids, Senior Dental Program, and Montgomery Cares).

Program Contacts

Contact JoAnn Barnes of the HHS - Children, Youth and Family Services at 240.777.1223 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Percent increase in families accessing Food Stamps as a support to self sufficiency measured as the number of families applying for Food Stamp assistance (compared to FY05 as the base year)189%182%180%180%180%
Number of SNAP Applications Approved 117,69816,55016,55016,55016,550
Number of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) job seekers that entered unsubsidized employment YTD 2802740700
Twelve month work participation rate for work-eligible Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) recipients in federally defined work activities43%47%50%5050
Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) job retention rate 90 days85%95%95%
1  SNAP applications are on the decline.
2  This is expected to trend downwards as more TCA participants engage in educational activities and secure jobs.

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved28886106259.40
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.21865347.00
FY21 Recommended31072640266.40