We all deserve to live healthy, secure, and empowered lives. Find support and assistance for housing, food, healthcare, utilities, and more. Learn if you qualify and how to apply below.
How to Qualify
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) runs many of Washington State’s assistance programs. Learn more about how you can qualify for specific programs and apply for services online or at one of the many Community Services Offices located throughout the state. If you need an interpreter or assistance filling out an application, you can get help at all our offices.
If you need help as soon as possible, there are emergency programs that can provide help right away. Emergencies include situations such as eviction, homelessness, utility shut off, no food, or a medical emergency. You can receive a one-time cash payment to cover rent and utilities through the “Additional Requirements for Emergent Needs (AREN)” and “Diversion Cash Assistance programs.”
Food programs provide monthly funds to help you and your family purchase the foods you need. If you are ineligible for Basic Food, you can apply for the State Food Assistance Program. Women, infants, and children can receive food benefits as well as nutrition education through The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).
Find shelter for today and receive assistance and resources to get permanent housing. Our Housing Assistance Guide shares more in-depth information on shelters, eviction prevention, resources for youth and young adults, and rent assistance. For adults who are unable to work for at least 90 days due to a physical or mental health issue, the Housing Essential Needs program provides access to rent and utilities assistance, personal and hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and transportation.
Sometimes you need a little bit of extra money to pay your bills. Cash assistance is available for families, pregnant women, refugees, seniors, and blind or disabled individuals who qualify.
Apple Health is Washington State’s Medicaid and offers free or low-cost health insurance for adults and kids. Adults 65 and older, blind, or disabled can receive assistance with Medicare premiums and medical expenses. The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides low-cost care for children whose families don’t qualify for Medicaid.
Having steady employment can bring security and peace of mind. WorkSource is a statewide partnership that provides training and help so you can find your next great job. Get information about what jobs are in demand, learn about different jobs, and get assistance throughout the job search process from resume writing to interviewing skills. WorkFirst is a program that helps parents get to work by offering help with childcare, transportation, and work appropriate clothing.
Services for Pregnant Individuals
Find the support and help you need to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Receive low-cost health insurance, cash assistance, grocery benefits, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support.
Services for Children
Parents and guardians can get financial assistance for childcare, low-cost or free health insurance for kids through Apple Health, and free early learning and preschool programs.
Phone and Internet
Lifeline is a federal program that helps low-income families with communication services. Qualifying families receive a discount on monthly telephone and broadband internet services.