WAC 388-450-0045

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 388-450-0045 How do we count income from employment and training programs?

This section applies to cash assistance and Basic Food.

  1. We treat payments issued under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) as follows:

    1. For cash assistance and medical programs for families, children, and pregnant women, we exclude all payments.

    2. For Basic Food:

      1. We exclude OJT earnings for children who are eighteen years of age or younger and under parental control as described in WAC 388-408-0035

      2. We count OJT earnings as earned income for people who are:

        1. Age nineteen and older; or

        2. Age eighteen or younger and not under parental control.

      3. We exclude all other payments.

  2. We exclude all payments issued under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. This includes payments made through the AmeriCorps program.

  3. We treat payments issued under Title I of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973, such as VISTA, AmeriCorps VISTA, University Year for Action, and Urban Crime Prevention Program as follows:

    1. For cash assistance, we exclude all payments.

    2. For Basic Food we count most payments as earned income. We exclude the payments if you:

      1. Received Basic Food or cash assistance at the time you joined the Title I program; or

      2. Were participating in the Title I program and received an income disregard at the time of conversion to the Food Stamp Act of 1977. We continue to exclude the payments even if you do not get Basic Food every month.

  4. We exclude all payments issued under Title II of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973. These include:

    1. Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP);

    2. Foster Grandparents Program; and

    3. Senior Companion Program.

  5. We count training allowances from vocational and rehabilitative programs as earned income when:

    1. The program is recognized by federal, state, or local governments; and

    2. The allowance is not a reimbursement.

  6. We exclude support service payments received by or made on behalf of WorkFirst participants.


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