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Friday, April 10, 2009

Today is the third installment in a special series on General Assistance-Unemployable, a state program that provides assistance to adults who cannot work because of disability and are not eligible for other programs.

GA-U financial assistance provides modest help in meeting immediate needs for housing, food, and other basic necessities. The stipend offered by the state is $339 per month; an amount that has not changed since 1991 and does not account for the increased cost of living over that 18-year span.

As a way of comparing the GA-U benefit with the rising cost of living, the graph above shows the $339 monthly stipend compared to the fair market rent for a studio apartment in Pierce County. In 1991, the stipend would have been enough to pay the rent on a modest studio apartment. In 2009, it would cover just over half the cost.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you've seen this GAU blog, so wanted to post to you for your info: