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  • Additional Requirements (AR)

    If you qualify for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), State Financial Assistance (SFA), or a Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) welfare grant through DSHS and you have an emergency, you may be eligible to get "Additional Requirements (AR).” AR is a once-a-year cash grant for emergency needs. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Consolidated Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP): Extra Money for Needy Families

    CEAP is a welfare (DSHS) program that provides money to needy families, children and pregnant women facing an emergency. You may qualify for a CEAP emergency grant only if you are not eligible for any other DSHS financial or emergency assistance program. Publication #7106EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Diversion Cash Assistance

    Diversion Cash Assistance (DCA) is an emergency grant to a family facing a temporary financial crisis. Publication 7121EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project

Low income energy assistance programs (1)+

  • Additional Requirements (AR)

    If you qualify for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), State Financial Assistance (SFA), or a Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) welfare grant through DSHS and you have an emergency, you may be eligible to get "Additional Requirements (AR).” AR is a once-a-year cash grant for emergency needs. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español

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Public Benefits and Accommodations (2)+

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) rules (7)+

  • DSHS Benefits and Lump Sum Payments

    A lump sum is any money you get once and do not expect to get regularly. Examples are a settlement from a court case, insurance claims or a back payment of benefits you are owed (such as from Social Security or L&I). You must report these payments to DSHS. Publication #7140EN Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Questions and Answers on the TANF 5-Year Time Limit

    There is a sixty-month (five-year) time limit for receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and SFA (State Family Assistance) cash assistance. The existence of the time limit does not mean that your family will automatically stop receiving cash assistance at the end of 60 months. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • TANF and WorkFirst for College Students

    7138EN - If you get a TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) grant, you probably have to take part in WorkFirst if you want to go to college and keep getting TANF. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Teen Parents

    If you are a teenager under the age of 18, low income, and have children or are pregnant, you may be able to get help (money) from the state TANF program. Read on for answers to your questions about how to get TANF. Publication #7122EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Rules and Eligibility

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the welfare program that gives cash grants to needy families. This publication discusses who is eligible for TANF and what is required under the law. #7123EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • The Self-Sufficiency Calculator for Washington State

    The Calculator can help you: plan and develop career goals so you can work towards a better paying job; decide if a job you are considering will pay enough to meet your family's needs; determine if you might be eligible for public benefits that can help with expenses like health care or child care; test and compare different work or living options and see how they affect your bottom line. Read More

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    Workforce Development Councils of Washington State
  • Washington State Self-Support Reserve

    Basic subsistence limitation chart for determining amount necessary to provide for basic needs. The amounts are adjusted annually. Read More

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    Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts

WorkFirst rules, benefits and problems (6)+

  • Questions and Answers about Workfirst

    7126EN - Almost all families who get TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) must participate in Workfirst. Most parents must do a job search program and take a job if one is offered. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Workfirst and the Family Violence Amendment

    DSHS will screen and identify TANF (Welfare) recipients for a history of family violence, notify TANF recipients about the Family Violence Amendment, maintain confidentiality, refer individuals needing counseling to supportive services, and waive Workfirst requirements where the requirements would make it more difficult to escape family violence, or put victims at further risk of family violence. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • WorkFirst Education and Training Opportunities

    Are you interested in training or education? You can ask your WorkFirst worker to add the options in this booklet to your IRP as WorkFirst activities. Most of these activities are not required. However, studies show that the best way to get and keep a good job is to improve your education and training. #7135EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • WorkFirst For Working Families

    This should help you understand how working affects your family’s eligibility for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and other public benefits. #7137EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • WorkFirst: Individual Responsibility Plans (IRP)

    This should help you understand how an IRP is created so that you can get the best possible plan for yourself. #7134EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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    Russian / Pусский
  • WorkFirst Sanctions

    Read this to understand sanctions under the WorkFirst program and help you fight a sanction that is wrong. Publication #7132EN Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
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