Reach Up

two women sitting at tableReach Up helps eligible parents to gain job skills and find work so they can support their minor, dependent children.

Reach First does the same for parents who will likely no longer need help in four months (or less).


Who is eligible?

Eligibility depends on:

  • Your household income
  • Your living expenses
  • The value of the things you own or are paying for
  • Who lives in your home

What benefits are available?

  • Services that support work
  • Case management to help you reach your goals
  • Monthly cash payments to help you pay for basic necessities like food, clothing, housing and utilities

Once your Reach Up grant closes, we will automatically enroll you in Reach Ahead if you are eligible.


How do I apply?

  1. Apply one of three ways:
    ONLINE: Click here to go to our online application.
    BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office to get a paper application.
    IN PERSON: Apply in person at your local district office.

  2. Participate in an interview and orientation.
    You’ll have to complete an interview — by phone or in person — before we can make a decision about your eligibility. We' ll inform you about the interview process after you apply. You may also have to attend an orientation.


What if I have questions? Need help applying?


How does it work?

  1. If you're eligible for Reach Up, we'll assess your strengths and readiness for work. We'll talk about your skills and abilities, any training that might help you become self-sufficient, and any challenges that make it difficult for you to work  (e.g., lack of child care or transportation). 
  2. You and your case manager will create a Family Development Plan (FDP) that maps out your work goals and the steps you'll take to achieve them (e.g., job search, training, or on-the-job training).
  3. As you progress, you’ll update the plan together.

What else do I need to Know?

Work Requirement: You'll need to spend a certain number of hours a week either working or participating in approved activities that lead to a job.  Your case manager will explain your work requirement to you.

Cash Assistance: Your Reach Up cash assistance will be deposited directly into your bank account through direct deposit. If you don't have a bank account, you'll receive your cash assistance on an EBT card. Click here to learn how the card works and where it can be used.

Lifetime Limits: Click here to learn about lifetime limits for Reach Up benefits.