WAC 388-478-0010

Effective September 1, 1999

WAC 388-478-0010 Households with obligations to pay shelter costs.

The monthly need and payment standards for cash assistance are based on a determination of assistance unit size and whether the assistance unit has an obligation to pay shelter costs.

Eligibility and benefit level is determined using standards for assistance unit with obligations to pay shelter costs.  An assistance unit has an obligation to pay shelter costs if one of the members:

  1. Owns, purchases or rents their place of residence, even if costs are limited to property taxes, fire insurance, sewer, water, or garbage; 

  2. Resides in a lower income housing project which is funded under the United States Housing Act of 1937 or Section 236 of the National Housing Act, if the household either pays rent or makes a utility payment instead of a rental payment; or

  3. Is homeless.  Homeless households include persons or families who:

    1. Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or

    2. Reside in a public or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; or

    3. Live in temporary lodging provided through a public or privately funded emergency shelter program.

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