Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
In order to be nonfinancially eligible for W-2Wisconsin Works services and JALJob Access Loans for any month, an applicant or participant must meet the following criteria. For information on verifying the following criteria, see Chapter 4.
1. Be a Custodial Parent (CP). (See 2.3.1)
2. Be 18 years of age or older, or a 17 year old minor parent (See 7.5.2 regarding minor parents).
3. Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen. (See 2.4.1)
4. Be a resident of Wisconsin and unless the applicant is a migrant worker, demonstrate an intent to continue living in the state.
5. Cooperate, unless good cause or other exceptions exist, with efforts to establish paternity of the dependent child(ren) and secure and enforce child support orders. This cooperation requirement extends to any W-2 Group member who is a custodial parent of a child whose paternity has not been established or who has a noncustodial parent. The requirements for custodial parents and non-custodial parents to cooperate with child support are outlined in 15.3.1.
6. Assign the rights to any support or maintenance (child or family support) to the state. (See 15.1.1)
7. Provide all requested documentation within seven working days after receiving the request for information from the W-2 agency. (See 4.1.3)
8. Have made a good faith effort, as determined by the W-2 agency on a case-by-case basis, to obtain employment and have not refused any bona fide offer of employment, including a job quit, within 180 calendar days immediately preceding application. This policy only applies to applicants and the W-2 agency has the discretion to define when a bona fide offer of employment has been made and what demonstrates a good faith effort. In addition, this applies specifically to individuals applying for one of the three W-2 Paid Employment Positions and does not apply to ARPAt Risk Pregnancy and CMCCustodial Parent of an Infant.
9. Have cooperated with the W-2 agency’s assistance with finding employment if the current application is within 180 calendar days of a previous application for W-2 services by the individual. This policy applies only to applicants and it only applies to noncooperation with the efforts of the W-2 agency to assist the individual in obtaining employment and does not pertain to every aspect of the application such as providing income verification. In addition, this applies specifically to individuals applying for one of the three W-2 Paid Employment Positions and does not apply to CMC and ARP.
10. Not receive SSISupplemental Security Income or state supplemental payments. If an individual has been determined eligible for SSI, he/she remains eligible for W-2 until he/she actually receives a SSI payment.
11. Not receive SSDISupplemental Security Disability Insurance . If an individual has been determined eligible for SSDI, he/she remains eligible for W-2 until he/she actually receives a SSDI payment.
An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child's disability benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. The adult disabled before age 22 receives the benefit based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. The adult must be unmarried, age 18 or older, and have a disability that started before age 22. FEPs must code this disability income as ‘SSDC’ in CARES Worker Web. For more information, see http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dqualify10.htm#age22.
12. Not participate in a strike on the last day of the month. If eligibility is determined prior to the last day of the month and the applicant is on strike, they are ineligible. If a participant in a W-2 employment position goes on strike, that participant becomes ineligible for W-2.
13. Cooperate in applying for other public assistance programs or resources that the FEP believes may be available to the individual. (See 2.6.1)
14. Apply for or provide a SSNSocial Security Number for all W-2 Group members. (See 2.7.1)
15. Report changes in circumstances that may affect eligibility within 10 calendar days after the change, except for temporary absence of a child which must be reported within five working days. (See 2.8.1)
16. Cooperate in providing information needed to verify school enrollment or good cause for the Learnfare program. (See Chapter 16)
17. Cooperate in the requirement to search for unsubsidized employment throughout his or her participation in a W-2 employment position. This requirement does not apply to CMCCustodial Parent of an Infants, ARPAt Risk Pregnancys, or AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers. (See 2.9.1)
18. Cooperate with providing eligibility information for other W-2 Group member(s).
19. Cooperate with providing information for quality assurance reviews.
20. Not be a fugitive felon (See USC 608(a)(9)(A)(i)).
21. Not be violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under federal or state law.
22. State in writing whether he or she has been convicted in any state or federal court of a felony that has an element of possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance. (See 11.7.1)
23. Have no other W-2 Group member participating in a W-2 employment position. This requirement does not apply to an individual applying for a JAL only.
24. Beginning on the date the individual has attained the age of 18, the total number of months in which the individual has actively participated does not exceed the 60-month lifetime limit (See 2.10.1)
This page last updated in Release # 13-02
Release Date: 05/15/2013
Effective Date: 05/15/2013