05/03/2018: "Community Services Van Coming To Orcas"
Rural households who find the trip to their local CSO (Washington State Community Service Office) too far to travel, will only have to travel to Eastsound on the 15th & the 16th at the Community Church, 176 Madrona St, for services in a 40-foot truck that is transformed into functioning offices.
Each vehicle includes a reception area, interview stations, a sun shade for protection from the elements or extra space, and a mechanical lift as an option for access instead of the stairs.
Each Mobile CSO unit is staffed by experienced program specialists who are able to determine financial eligibility for the cash and food assistance programs. They process new applications, reviews and changes for active cases; they issue EBT cards and receive documents. Applications for the Child Care Subsidy Program will be forwarded to that unit for processing . The Mobile CSO specialists also determine eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs and Aged, Blind, or Disabled Medicaid.
Mobile CSO Goals:
• Improve participation in the Basic Food Program by providing services at locations where DSHS representatives do not usually have a presence, including services at senior centers, job fairs, health fairs, migrant worker camps, and community events which will provide broader community outreach.
• Strengthen Community Partnerships by expanding on existing community partnerships with social services organizations; state, local, and county agencies; and interested parties in the business community to create access points where people can apply for Basic Food, Cash and Child Care benefits.
• Operate as a response vehicle for disaster recovery events where the Disaster Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program may be activated. The Mobile CSOs will be used as a facility to accept applications in more severely impacted areas where power has not yet been restored. The Mobile CSOs may also be used as a support office to facilitate back-room processing of applications by staff working outside disaster areas.