Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.8.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.9.21.

No change on 4.30.21.

(updated 4.30.21)  

Legislative Session



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In an effort to increase the accessibility of public benefits and reduce poverty statewide, SB5433 creates a program within the office of financial management to authorize agencies and departments to utilize basic food eligibility as a form of categorical eligibility within other programs.

Under the basic food categorical income eligibility program, persons may be income-eligible for their program if they receive food benefits pursuant to chapter 74.04 11 RCW, or other benefits according to the department of social and health services' benefit verification system, as provided for in rule.

Programs that may apply to the basic food categorical income eligibility program include but are not limited to: The low-income home energy assistance program, the community service block grant, college bound, workforce development programs, and other programs that are income or means tested and wish to increase their income eligibility.