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Important information related to possible changes to immigration rules on public benefits

The State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is aware of proposed changes to federal immigration rules that could apply to people who receive public benefits. We are monitoring these possible changes and want to provide accurate and reliable information for individuals and families who may be impacted by changing policies. Here is what we know.

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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, medical coverage, or child care subsidies.  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.