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PDFWAC 388-450-0138

Does the department allocate income of an ineligible spouse to a housing and essential needs (HEN) referral recipient?

This section applies to referrals to the housing and essential needs (HEN) program.
(1) When a HEN referral recipient is married and lives with their nonapplying spouse, the following income is considered available to the client:
(a) The remainder of the recipient's wages, retirement benefits and other income after reducing the total income by:
(i) The HEN referral work incentive deduction, as specified in WAC 388-450-0178; and
(ii) The amount of current and/or back child support that the recipient is paying each month under a court or administrative order. If the monthly child support payment is greater than the department's standard of need, income is instead reduced by the department's standard of need.
(b) The remainder of the nonapplying spouse's wages, retirement benefits and other income after reducing the total income by:
(i) An amount not to exceed the department's standard of need for court ordered or administratively ordered current or back child support for legal dependents; and
(ii) The HEN referral income limit amount as specified under WAC 388-478-0090 which includes ineligible assistance unit members.
(c) One-half of all other community income.
[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, ยง 388-450-0138, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14.]
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