General Assistance Unemployable
General Assistance Unemployable (GAU) is a social welfare program in Washington state that provides cash and medical benefits for persons who are physically and/or mentally incapacitated and unemployable for 90 days from the date of application. It is state funded and administrated by the Department of Social and Health Services.
Who is eligible:
- Are "incapacitated" (unable to work)
- Are at least 18 years old, unless married
- Meet income and resource requirements
- Meet citizenship/alien status requirements
- Reside in Washington State
- Agree to have their needs for medical treatment and referral assessed
You cannot get GAU benefits if:
- You are eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits or State Family
- Assistance (SFA) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
- You are eligible for SSI
- You are an ineligible spouse of an SSI recipient
- You were denied benefits or your benefits were terminated by the Social Security Administration for failing to follow a program rule or application requirement.
As with other cash programs, there is a $1,000 resource limit requirement for the GAU program. Certain items, such as a home you live in, or vehicle equity up to $5,000, are not counted. Income is also considered.
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