COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Workfirst in Washington State: You Do Not Need to Meet Your Participation Requirements
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
Read this if you live in Washington state and you are taking part in the WorkFirst program. #7125EN
Should I read this?
Read this if you live in Washington state and you are taking part in the WorkFirst program.
I was laid off or have reduced hours at work because of the Coronavirus. I cannot meet my work requirements.
Starting March 16, 2020, Washington DSHS has decided that the COVID-19 outbreak is "good cause" and you do not have to meet your participation requirements.
Will I need to meet with WorkFirst staff to talk about this?
No. They will try to get in touch with you by phone. If they cannot, they will send you a letter.
How long will this exemption last?
DSHS says this will last until the "public health condition" returns to normal. WorkFirst staff will let you know when that happens.
But I still want to take part in the activities in my IRP (work plan).
You can let WorkFirst staff know that. You might have some options.
I have been on TANF before. I was sanctioned or my TANF ended because I did not meet my WorkFirst requirements. I need to apply for TANF again.
For now, DSHS will not hold your past sanctions against you.