Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA) Program

What it is:

PWA is a state-funded program that provides women who are low-income and pregnant and who are not eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or State Family Assistance with cash assistance and a referral to the HEN program for 24 consecutive months from the date the department determines PWA eligibility.

This program provides a maximum monthly cash grant of $363.

Who is eligible?

Women residing in Washington state who:

•    Are pregnant;
•    Meet income and resource requirements; 
•    Meet citizenship/alien status requirements, and
•    Do not meet a 60-month TANF Time Limit Extension hardship category.

You cannot get PWA if you:

  • Are eligible for TANF or SFA;
  • Refuse or fail to meet a TANF or SFA eligibility rule;
  • Do not participate in substance use disorder treatment (when required) without good cause; or
  • Are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

How to apply for cash benefits:

You can apply for cash assistance online or at your local Community Services Office.

The Application for Benefits is available in several languages.