Reach First helps families overcome temporary, short-term financial crises and avoid the need for longer-term assistance.
Who is eligible
You may be eligible for Reach First if you are:
• Filing a new application
• Meet the eligibility requirements for Reach Up
• Will likely not need help in 4 months or less (e.g., you have a back-to-work date or job offer)
The assistance provided
Reach First provides case management, financial help, and support services.
How to apply
- Apply one of the following 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 .
- Check the Reach Up box on the application.
When you speak to a worker, mention that you'd like to participate in Reach First.
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.
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