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PDFWAC 388-400-0070

Who is eligible for referral to the housing and essential needs (HEN) program?

(1) You are eligible for referral to the housing and essential needs (HEN) program if you:
(a) Apply for cash assistance as detailed in WAC 388-406-0010;
(b) Complete an interview with the department;
(c) Are incapacitated as defined in WAC 388-447-0001 through 388-447-0100;
(d) Are at least 18 years old or, if under 18, legally emancipated or a member of a married couple;
(e) Are in financial need according to income rules in chapter 388-450 WAC and resource requirements in RCW 74.04.005 and chapter 388-470 WAC. We determine who is in your assistance unit according to WAC 388-408-0070;
(f) Have countable income, as defined in WAC 388-450-0162, at or below the monthly income limits defined in WAC 388-478-0090;
(g) Meet the citizenship and alien status requirements for ABD cash assistance under WAC 388-424-0015;
(h) Meet the Social Security number verification requirement for cash assistance under WAC 388-476-0005;
(i) Meet the residency requirement for cash assistance under WAC 388-468-0005;
(j) Meet verification requirements for cash assistance detailed in WAC 388-490-0005.
(k) To remain eligible for HEN referral, you must also:
(i) Report changes in your circumstances as required for cash assistance under WAC 388-418-0007; and
(ii) Complete and return eligibility reviews we send you under WAC 388-434-0005.
(2) You are not eligible for referral to the HEN program if you:
(a) Are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) program;
(b) Refuse or fail to meet a TANF rule without good cause;
(c) Refuse or fail to cooperate in obtaining federal aid assistance, including but not limited to medicaid, without good cause;
(d) Refuse or fail to participate in drug or alcohol treatment as required in WAC 388-447-0120;
(e) Are eligible for supplemental security income (SSI) benefits and receiving a state supplemental payment (SSP) under WAC 388-474-0012;
(f) Are an ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient;
(g) Refuse or fail to follow a Social Security Administration (SSA) program rule or application requirement without good cause and SSA denied or terminated your benefits;
(h) Are terminated from ABD for refusing or failing to sign an interim assistance reimbursement authorization agreement under WAC 388-400-0060;
(i) Are fleeing to avoid prosecution of, or to avoid custody or confinement for conviction of, a felony, or an attempt to commit a felony as described in WAC 388-442-0010; or
(j) Are disqualified from receiving cash assistance due to a conviction related to unlawful practices in obtaining cash assistance as described in WAC 388-446-0005.
(3) If you reside in a public institution, as defined in WAC 182-500-0050, and meet all other requirements, your eligibility for referral to the HEN program depends on the type of institution.
(a) You may be eligible for referral to the HEN program if you are a patient in a public institution.
(b) You aren't eligible for referral to the HEN program if you are in the custody of or confined in a public correctional facility such as a state prison, or city, county, or tribal jail, including placement in a work release program.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.0052, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.04.655, 74.04.770, 74.04.805, 74.08.025, 74.08.043, 74.08.090, 74.08.335, 74.08A.100, 74.62.030, and 2022 c 297 205(22). WSR 23-01-057, § 388-400-0070, filed 12/14/22, effective 1/14/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.04.655, 74.04.770, 74.04.805, 74.08.043, 74.08.090, 74.08.335, 74.08A.100, 74.62.030, and 2020 c 322. WSR 20-19-006, § 388-400-0070, filed 9/3/20, effective 10/4/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.040.055 [74.04.055], 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 2018 c 48. WSR 18-18-007, § 388-400-0070, filed 8/23/18, effective 9/23/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.08.025, 74.62.030, and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10. WSR 13-24-044, § 388-400-0070, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14.]
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