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Reach First

Part of the Reach Up family of programs, Reach First can help your family get through a temporary, short-term financial crisis and avoid the need for longer-term assistance.

Who Is Eligible

You may be eligible for if you:

  • Are filing a new application
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for Reach Up
  • Will likely not need help in 4 months or less.

If Your Application Is Approved

You'll get case management, financial help, and support services.

How to apply

  1. Apply one of the following ways:
    ONLINE: Use our online application.
    BY MAIL: Call 1-800-479-6151 to request a paper application.
    IN PERSON: Apply in person at your local district office.
  2. Check the Reach Up box on the application. When you speak to a worker, mention that you'd like to participate in Reach First.
  3. Participate in an interview by phone or in person.

Please Note: If your child(ren)'s other parent doesn't live with you and you apply for or receive Reach Up, a child support case may/will be opened automatically. If you fear that pursuing child support could put your or your child's safety at risk, you may request a waiver from participating in the child support process. Speak with your Reach Up case manager or contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to learn more about this option.

Additional Benefits

If you get Reach First, you may also be eligible for:

Where To Learn More

We join families on their journey to overcome obstacles, explore opportunities, improve their finances, and reach their goals.

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