Cash Assistance

Revised July 01, 2020

Purpose:

This section contains information about cash assistance need and payment standards, eligibility standards based on income, and standards for ongoing additional requirements.

WAC 388-478-0005 Cash assistance need and payment standards and grant maximum.

WAC 388-478-0006 The clothing, personal maintenance, and necessary incidentals (CPI) payment standard for cash assistance.

WAC 388-478-0035 What are the maximum earned income limits for TANF, SFA, PWA and RCA?


Clarifying Information - WAC 388-478-0005

DSHS is required by state law [RCW 74.04.770] to establish, on an annual basis, standards of need for cash assistance programs.  These standards are based on studies of actual living costs for basic requirements.  They may vary by program and family size.

Payment standards are based on assistance unit size and are used to determine eligibility and benefit levels for cash assistance.

The percentage difference between the need and payment standard for an assistance unit is called the ratable reduction.  Starting July 1, 2012, the grant payment cannot exceed the payment standard for a family of eight listed in WAC 388-478-0020.


Clarifying Information - WAC 388-478-0006

The payment standard for TANF, SFA, PWA, ABD cash, and RCA recipients who are in medical institutions or other facilities for more than 90 days is the appropriate CPI amount.  See WAC 388-454-0015.


Clarifying Information - WAC 388-478-0035

To determine a family's gross earned income, see WAC 388-450-0165.