DSHS Begins Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Social Services

Effective April 17, 2020, DSHS’s Community Services Division will begin administering a Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency.

DCAP Overview:

  • The applicant must be living in Washington before the emergency declaration happened.
  • The applicant must first apply for other cash assistance programs available.
  • Under DCAP, applicants are not required to: meet citizenship requirements; provide a social security number; or be pregnant or have a minor child.
  • The program is available for one month in a 12-month period.
  • The program is not a public charge program since it is disaster relief.
  • Payment standards are based on income and need and may not exceed the TANF payment standards for their household size.  For example, to be eligible for DCAP, a one person household must have less than $363.00 in income after deductions are applied in the month of application (approximately 34% of the Federal Poverty Level).  If an individual has no income and is resource eligible, they may qualify for the maximum payment amount of $363.00 in DCAP.

The DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligible other cash programs, such as:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) cash
  • Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)
  • Unemployment Compensation, or
  • Paid Family & Medical Leave through ESD or their employer

How to Apply:

People can start applying for DCAP on April 17, 2020 by: