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Program Description:

WorkFirst is Washington State's welfare-to-work strategy. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today's workforce, and those who can work should. Washington initiated the WorkFirst program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing training and support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job and move up a career ladder.

Under WorkFirst, welfare assistance in Washington State is no longer an entitlement. Cash assistance is limited to a maximum of 60 months (five years) in a person's lifetime. During that time, the person must be involved in the WorkFirst program and working or actively looking for a job. However, benefits may be extended beyond 5 years for parents who continue to abide by the rules and seek work. Adults who are unable to participate will continue to receive assistance.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Washington, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:


Program Contact Information:

To read more about the Washington WorkFirst program, please visit:

Or you can contact WorkFirst program representatives:


Managing Agency:


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