WAC 388-444-0030

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 388-444-0030 Do I have to work to be eligible for Basic Food benefits if I am an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD)?

1.    An able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) is a person who:

a.    Is physically and mentally able to work;

b.    Is age eighteen through forty-nine; and

c.    Has no child in the household.


2.    If you are an ABAWD, you must participate in employment and training activities under subsection (4) unless you are exempt from ABAWD requirements under WAC 388-444-0035.


3.    Nonexempt ABAWDs who fail to participate may continue to receive food assistance until September 30, 2014.


4.    Beginning October 1, 2014, an ABAWD is not eligible to receive food assistance for more than three full months in a thirty-six month period, except as provided in WAC 388-444-0035, unless that person: 

a.    Is exempt from ABAWD requirements under WAC 388-444-0035;

b.    Works at least twenty hours a week averaged monthly;

c.    Participates in on the job training (OJT), which may include paid work and classroom training time, for at least twenty hours a week;

d.    Participates in an unpaid work program as provided in WAC 388-444-0040; or

e.    Participates in and meets the requirements of one of the following work programs:

                                      i.        The Job Training Partnership act (JTPA);

                                    ii.        Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974; or

                                   iii.        A state-approved employment and training program.

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