2.29.050 Eligibility for veterans’ assistance.

(1)    No veteran or member of his/her family shall be entitled to receive veterans’ assistance unless they and/or their family have been legal residents of the state of Washington for not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to the application for assistance. Proof of residence qualifications must be made to the satisfaction of the county service officer responsible for providing veterans’ assistance and applicants are required to furnish reasonable proof in support thereof. The Clark County veterans’ assistance fund may waive the residency requirement for those veterans who have been accepted into a permanent rental subsidy program or who are qualified as a “covered individual” under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 by meeting the following criteria: currently domiciled in Clark County, Washington State; have enrolled in a Washington State college or university within three (3) years of discharge from an active duty service period of ninety (90) days or more; and using the GI Bill benefits at a Washington State college or university.

(2)    The applicant shall furnish documentary evidence showing that the applicant meets the definition of “veteran” as defined in RCW 73.08.005, including a veteran who has received a general discharge under honorable conditions or has received a medical or physical discharge with an honorable record.

(3)    Proof that the veteran’s and/or their family’s income does not exceed two hundred (200) percent of the current federally established poverty level for Washington State adjusted for family size. For urgent dental care and housing assistance only, a veteran’s income may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) percent of the federal poverty level.

(4)    For the limited purpose of veterans utilizing a center that provides referral and other information, chaplain services, and social interaction, “indigency” shall include those who affirm they are unable to pay reasonable costs for shelter, food, utilities and transportation because their available funds are insufficient. (Sec. 6, Res. 1978-01-79; amended by Sec. 4 of Res. 1991-05-01; amended by Sec. 6 of Ord. 1997-05-17; amended by Sec. 7 of Ord. 2004-07-12; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2008-11-19; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2011-01-22; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2013-07-10; amended by Sec. 7 of Ord. 2014-10-04; amended by Sec. 3 of Ord. 2016-08-01; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2017-12-19; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2018-06-07; amended by Sec. 1 of Ord. 2019-06-05)