You are eligible for FSS if any of the following apply:
You are applying for SSI or Social Security benefits because you are disabled. Get proof from Social Security.
You are ill, injured, or disabled. This includes physical and mental illnesses. Get proof from a doctor that:
your illness, injury, or disability is going to last more than 30 days, and
it keeps you from working 20 or more hours per week.
You are taking care of a seriously ill or disabled household member. Get proof from a doctor that:
the person is ill or disabled
the condition will last more than 30 days
you need to be home to take care of the person.
There is a child or adult in your household who is eligible for special medical services.For example, you have a child who is severely emotionally disturbed, an adult with serious and persistent mental illness, or someone who qualifies for a PCA or for waivered services. Get proof from a doctor or therapist.
You have been in the United States for fewer than 12 full months after the month of entry.
You are age 60 or older.
You have trouble reading or writing, you don't speak or understand English, you have problems with drugs or alcohol, or you have a criminal record, and a vocational expert says you can't work 20 or more hours per week.Reasons for this might be that you don’t speak or understand English, you have problems with drugs or alcohol, or you have a criminal record. Ask your job counselor to refer you to a vocational expert.
You have a learning disability or you have an IQ below 80, and this limits the type of work you can do or makes it so you can’t work 20 or more hours per week. Ask your job counselor to refer you for testing.
You have been getting MFIP for more than 60 months because you got an extension.
You will need to meet with a job counselor to make an FSS plan. An FSS plan should include activities you need to help your family. For example, it could include ESL or GED classes, medical appointments, looking for housing, etc. You should be able to get help with transportation and child care expenses to allow you to participate in your FSS activities.
Many families can get out of sanction if they meet with their FSS counselor. It is also possible to get out of sanction for prior months if you have good cause. Good cause can be illness, lack of childcare or transportation, an emergency, family violence, or some other reason that you were not able to follow your employment plan. If you think you should get FSS and you are working on getting proof that you qualify, your sanction should be lifted. If your job counselor won’t lift the sanction, file an appeal.