Family Investment Program

The Family Investment Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) is the central coordinating and directing agency of all public assistance programs in the State, one of which is the Family Investment Program (FIP). The program is administered by local departments of social services (DSS) and varies from county to county and in Baltimore City.

The Family Investment Program provides assistance to low-income families with children while preparing program participants for independence. The FIP assistance consists of services and cash assistance to eligible individuals, including Welfare Avoidance Grants, Temporary Cash Assistance, and alternative programs.


A family that includes a minor child who lives with a parent or caretaker relative, or a pregnant woman. Assistance will be provided only if the applicant and all recipients are State residents at the time of application. In addition, the applicant must have applied for child support at the local child support enforcement office, have engaged in a job search and work activities, and met all other FIP eligibility requirements, as applicable.

Income Eligibility:

Many figures used to calculate Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits are revised annually by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Family Investment Administration, the state agency that administers the program.

The current figures can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 07.03.03, or on the DHR website which has eligibility requirements for other benefit programs as well. You may also contact your local Department of Social Services for updated figures.

Apply at:

Anyone has the right to file an application at a Department of Social Services office in their area [find your local DSS office].

You must provide information proving the immigration or citizenship status of the members of your household, social Security numbers for your household members, and the following:

(a) Reasons for applying for, or continued reliance on, assistance;

(b) Education level, job skills and readiness, and interests, to enable evaluation for appropriate program activities;

(c) Available personal and family resources to facilitate independence;

(d) History of domestic or family violence; and

(e) History of substance abuse, as described in COMAR



The local DSS shall give to each participant in the program written notification of the right to and procedures for requesting and obtaining an administrative hearing as
set forth in COMAR 07.01.04.

Sources of Law:

Maryland Law:  Maryland Code, Human Services, §§ 5-301 to 5-321

  Eligiblity for assistance - § 5-308

  Scope of program- § 5-309

  Amount of assistance and rules of eligibility - § 5-310

  Periodic recertification; cancellation, suspension, or revocation - § 5-311

  Temporary cash assistance - in general - § 5-312

  Temporary cash assistance - limitations - § 5-313

  Temporary cash assistance - Adult or minor parent substance abuse treatment - § 5-314

Maryland Regulations:  COMAR 07.03.03 [At this page, under Subtitle 03 FAMILY INVESTMENT ADMINISTRATION, click on 07.03.03 Family Investment Program]

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