Disaster Cash Assistance is a temporary program activated by the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency and subsequent proclamation. It is a Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) program. Households in a county designated as a disaster area by Governor Inslee may be eligible for DCAP, if they meet all eligibility criteria and even if they’ve received DCAP for the COVID-19 pandemic or wildfires. Allowed financial losses that will not be covered within 30 days of application may be used to reduce the countable income and could bring a household under the net income limit.
This emergency cash assistance program is available to people who are not eligible for other cash assistance programs. Unlike Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, people without children and who are not pregnant may be eligible as well as families who meet the income and resource limits of the program listed in the tables below. This cash assistance is available to Washington residents regardless of citizenship status and does not require applicants to provide a Social Security number.