vendor payments for housing costs- like rent, mortgage and utilities
food benefits – make sure you check the box to apply for SNAP at the same time
day care benefits
you might get $35 for phone services
The amount that is vendor paid will not be more than an MFIP cash grant for the same size household, not counting the $110 MFIP Housing grant. If there is money left after your housing costs and utilities are vendor paid from your DWP grant, each person in the family can get up to $70 for personal needs.
Go to your county welfare office and fill out an application.
The county must give you an intake meeting within 5 working days after it gets your application. If you have gotten MFIP or DWP benefits in the last 12 months, counties must offer you the option of a phone interview. If you need child care, the county has to help you apply for child care at the intake meeting.
You should be referred for child care once you get a job counselor. You should get a job counselor within 1 day after the county decides that you can get DWP.
You should meet with your job counselor within 10 working days to make an Employment Plan (EP). You will not get cash benefits until your Employment Plan is approved.
It’s a good idea to write everything down– keep track of it. Start a DWP/MFIP notebook. Keep all of the papers you get.
In a DWP employment plan, no more than half of your required hours can be adult basic education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or GED classes. Higher education counts only if you finish it in 4 months. These rules change once you switch to MFIP.
If you don’t do what you agreed to in your EP, you lose your benefits for the rest of the 4-month DWP period.
Only some people can get a modified EP. For example, if you are a victim of family violence you have a right to a modified plan that includes a family violence waiver. You should meet with a family violence advocate and your job counselor to:
Apply for a waiver, and
Make an Employment Plan with a safety plan.
If you are disabled or live with someone with a disability who you need to take care of, you can get a modified Employment Plan and help from your workers to “accommodate” the disability. This means they help you make a modified Employment Plan and help you to get the services you need to be able to follow the plan.
If you have a good reason for not following your Employment Plan, tell your job counselor right away. If you don’t follow your EP, and don’t talk to your worker about problems and changes, you will be disqualified. This means you will get NO cash benefits. You can make changes to your EP or show your worker you have “good cause” and avoid disqualification.