Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Office Address: 805 156th Ave NE N40-1 Bellevue, WA 98007 Map & Directions
(1 Mile Away )
Telephone: (877) 501-2233 Website: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ Services: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF/WorkFirst)
Provides monthly cash grants to eligible low-income families with minor children in the home. Applicants attend a WorkFirst orientation and eligibility interview. Pregnant and parenting minors may be eligible for TANF benefits if they
meet additional eligibility requirements, as determined by a DSHS social worker. Adults may also be eligible for WorkFirst support, which will pay for items clients must have in order to look for work, prepare for work or accept a better job. Assistance may include transportation, car repairs, interview and work clothes, licenses and tools and equipment. Assistance will be provided via vouchers or pre-paid merchant cards.
Aged Blind and Disabled (ABD)
Provides financial assistance for people with a disability, who are blind, or who are age 65 or older and meet income and resource requirements.
TANF/WorkFirst clients may apply for supplemental financial assistance when faced with an emergency caused by circumstances out of their control. Funding may be approved for eviction notices; electric, gas, heating fuel, water/sewer or telephone utility shut-off notices; or deposit move-in costs for homeless individuals and families. Includes Additional Requirements for Emergent Needs (AREN). AREN payments may be made up to a maximum of $750 per lifetime, and are retroactive to 2001.
Diversion Cash Assistance (DCA)
Provides a cash grant program designed to prevent households with children from having to enroll in public assistance, by assisting with living expenses for needs such as housing, transportation, child care, food and employment-related expenses. Clients may be referred to DSHS non-cash programs such as subsidized child care and food stamps. Staff may also refer to other social service programs including domestic violence services, clothing banks, food pantries, etc.
Pregnancy Care Services
Provides financial assistance for pregnant women who are at 185% of the Federal Poverty Level and who are not eligible for TANF but are not being sanctioned by DSHS. Women will be covered throughout the pregnancy and 60 days after the pregnancy.
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
Cash assistance and medical assistance is available to refugees with no minor children for the first eight months after their arrival. Refugees with minor children are likely eligible for TANF.
Eligibility: Contact a local Community Service Office (CSO) for specific eligibility requirements.