Are you in need of cash assistance? Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. WorkFirst helps participants find and keep jobs. WorkFirst is Washington’s Temporary Cash Assistance program for Needy, Low–income Families (also known as TANF).
Who is eligible?
Washington State residents who are responsible for the care of children or who are pregnant. Some of the requirements you must meet include:
- Income and resource requirements
- Citizenship and alien status requirements
Income and resource requirements:
Your TANF benefits are based on your family size and income.
To be eligible for TANF, your family must have resources of $1,000 or less. Resources are things like:
- Checking and savings accounts
- Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
- Vehicle equity over $5,000
Your case manager will help you understand what income and resources we consider and how it will affect your case. If you qualify for WorkFirst a Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) case manager will help you develop an Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP).
- WorkFirst tuition assistance / financial aid (tuition, books, fees)
- WorkFirst work study (paid work experience)
- Customized job skills training (full-time customized vocational training programs)
- Courses in essential life skills (work attitude and values for employment success, customer service, and financial literacy)
- Testing preparation and fee waiver for COMPASS entrance exam
- Computer skills training
- Educational planning and advising
- Employment services such as resume assistance, job search, and connecting to employers
- Referrals to on-campus and off–campus resources