Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Question and Answers

What happens with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families if there is a federal government shutdown?
If you receive TANF cash assistance, no impacts to your benefits are anticipated if a federal government shutdown occurs.

How will this affect my food benefits?
If you receive food benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Assistance Program for legal immigrants, Transitional Food Assistance, Washington Combined Application Program or Working Family Support and there is a government shutdown, you will no longer be able to apply for or receive food benefits. 

What happens with Employment and Training programs?
If you are participating in Workforce training programs funded through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, no impacts to your services are anticipated unless there is an extended shutdown.

What happens with disability benefits?
The Disability Determination Services is contracted through the Social Security Administration to adjudicate medical eligibility for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income rules and regulations. Currently, no impacts to SSDI or SSI benefits are anticipated if a federal government shutdown occurs.