Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is dedicated to helping families with children who were employed as of March 11, 2020, and are experiencing job loss or a reduction in hours in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) is a time-limited program designed to help eligible families through the duration of the emergency declaration.
The program will be open beginning May 11, 2020, and will remain open until July 12, 2020, or until the money for the program has been exhausted, whichever comes first.
EAP provides money to help:
Dependent children and their parents who live with them
Dependent children and other relatives who live with them and care for them
How to Apply
In counties that have authorized CAOs to reopen, you can visit your local office to complete and file an application.
Who is Eligible?
A Household must have:
- An adult who is pregnant or is caring for a child under age 18, or 18 years old and enrolled full-time in secondary or vocational education.
- An adult who was employed as of March 11, 2020, and lost employment or had hours/wages reduced by at least 50 percent for at least two weeks due to COVID-19
- Earned and unearned income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG)
- Resources (such as money in checking/savings) of no more than $1,000
- At least one eligible person to receive a benefit payment. The eligible person may be a child. The household benefit amount will be determined by the number of household members that meet individual eligibility requirements.
EAP cannot be received in conjunction with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Diversion, or in combination with other cash programs. The only exception is that a family may receive both EAP and Emergency Shelter Assistance in the same month. Families who received Diversion in the past 12 months may still receive EAP if EAP is not within the current Diversion period.
To receive a payment, applicants must:
Beginning July 1, 2020 an adult who is not eligible for a cash benefit may receive a payment on behalf of eligible children.
- Be an adult who is pregnant; or
- Be an adult related to and caring for a child under age 18 or 18 years old and enrolled full-time in secondary or vocational education
- Report criminal history
- Not be currently receiving TANF, Diversion, Refugee Cash Assistance, or State Blind Pension
- Provide a social security number for anyone that has one
Below is the income eligibility chart for the EAP:
Monthly Income Limit||
Annual Income Limit|
|Each additional person||$552||$6,630|
How much is the benefit and how many times can I receive EAP?
The EAP benefit is equal to a two-month full Family Size Allowance (FSA) for your family size. Families may be eligible for EAP once per emergency declaration.