Economic Services Administration

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In order to provide a safe environment for customers and staff, we require everyone to self-screen against COVID-19 symptoms and encourage people to practice physical distancing. We are still happy to help you by phone at 877-501-2233 or online at  for cash, food and medical benefits, and at 800-442-KIDS (5437) or for Division of Child Support. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Dismantling Poverty

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DSHS is proud to be a co-lead agency of Governor Inslee’s Poverty Reduction Work Group, which recently released A Blueprint for a Just and Equitable Future: the 10-year Plan to Dismantle Poverty. Learn more about the work group, eight strategies and 60 recommendations in the plan and the Steering Committee, people with lived experience who had final approval of the plan, at Dismantle Poverty in Washington



Public Charge Policy Changes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently published final rule changes that could apply to people who receive specific public benefits. DSHS has reviewed the rules and wants to provide accurate, reliable information for individuals and families who may be impacted by these changes. Read more here.


What We Do

We transform lives by empowering individuals and families to thrive. We serve many clients who live on the margin. Although most are not receiving a cash grant, they may be relying on food assistance, work-related support services, assistance with child support or medical coverage. A family crisis or change in the economy, even a small one, can force these families into situations requiring assistance, whether it’s the full support of a cash grant, help with child support or temporary assistance to avoid losing housing.

Washington Connection offers you a way to find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online. By entering in basic household information, Washington Connection will let you know what programs or services you or your family may be qualified to receive from various state, federal or local sources.