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.
Some people don’t go into DWP. You go right into MFIP if:
you are applying for benefits for your children only, not yourself. For example: you get SSI, you are undocumented, or you are a relative other than a parent and you choose to get benefits for the children only.
are 18 or 19 years old and want to finish high school or get your GED (in a 2-parent household, you both must qualify)
are 17 years old or less and haven’t finished high school or gotten your GED (in a 2-parent household, you both must qualify)
you are a single parent and have a child under 12 months old. You can only use this once in your life.
you had 4 months of DWP in the last 12 months (in a 2-parent household, you both must qualify)
any parent in the household got MFIP in the past 12 months
any parent in the household got MFIP for 60 months or more
You can also skip or switch out of DWP and get MFIP when you show that at least one parent in the household:
can’t work because of an illness or injury that will last more than 30 days, including pregnancy
is needed at home to care for an ill or injured household member
has applied for SSI or RSDI
has a learning disability or low IQ and this condition limits the ability to work
is age 60 or older, or
has been in the United States less than 12 full months after the month of entry
Or if any member of the household:
is eligible for special medical services, like a PCA or mental health case manager
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 WON'T GET cash benefits for the rest of the 4 months. You can make changes to your EP or show your worker you have “good cause” and avoid disqualification.