Do You Qualify? Eligibility Information

The following eligibility requirements must be met for a veteran to qualify for services:

1. Service Requirements.  The definition of a "Veteran" is defined by RCW 73.08.005 (5) as it exits or is hereafter amended and the following additional definition:

a)    current member honorably serving in the armed forces reserve or national guard who has served for at least one hundred eighty (180) days.
b)  An exception may be made for Veterans with a General Discharge (under honorable conditions) when there is a work-related or health need.

2. Family Member Eligibility.

Family members entitled to apply for assistance shall be defined as the spouse or domestic partner, surviving spouse, surviving domestic partner, and dependent children of a living or deceased veteran, or a servicemember who was killed in the line of duty regardless of the number of days served.

3. Residency Requirements.

a. Applicants must have been a resident of the Walla Walla County for at least sixty (60) days. 
b. An exception can be made if the Veteran has been discharged from military service in the last 90 days and has moved to Walla Walla County during that 90-day period or if the Veteran can show intent to establish residency in Walla Walla County such as enrollment in SSVF or HUD-VASH. 

c. Applicants must present proof of residency. See Attachment C.

4. Indigence/Income Requirements.

A person who is defined as such by the county legislative authority using one or more of the following definitions:

a) Receiving one of the following types of public assistance: Temporary assistance for needy families, aged, blind, or disabled assistance benefits, pregnant women assistance benefits, poverty- related veterans' benefits, food stamps or food stamp benefits transferred electronically, refugee resettlement benefits, Medicaid, medical care services, or supplemental security income;

b) Receiving an annual income, after taxes, of up to two hundred (200%) or less of the current federally established poverty level with review every six months, or

c) Unable to pay reasonable costs for shelter, food, utilities, and transportation because his or her available funds are insufficient.