Disability Lifeline ends Oct. 31, but starting Nov. 1, three new programs are expected to continue disability checks and pay the rent for some.
Homeless advocates credit Rep. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), vice chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, with leading the fight to rescue portions of Disability Lifeline in ESHB 2082. The legislation, currently awaiting the governor's signature, sets up a new housing support fund and assistance programs for pregnant women and the aged, blind or disabled.
The good news: All Disability Lifeline recipients get to keep their state medical benefits. And those in the category called DL-Expedited -- people who have applied for federal disability benefits -- will continue receiving $197 a month from the new Aged, Blind or Disabled Assistance Program.