Effective date: October 10, 2018
Revised date: January 10, 2020
Needs-related payments can be made to participants to help them cover non-training expenses while participating in a training program.1 Without the help of needs-related payments, participants may be unable to successfully participate in training.2
The local WDBs may elect to provide needs-related payments. The state WDB may elect to provide needs-related payments as part of allowable statewide employment and training activities.3 Needs-related payments are not taxable.4 Participants should not report them as income, and IRS Form 1099 does not apply.5
To receive needs-related payments, participants must, at minimum, be:
Dislocated Worker Program participants must meet the criteria above and must also be enrolled in a training program by the later of:
Note: The state and local WDBs may add additional eligibility criteria (e.g., household or family income) to help identify those participants who are most in need of additional support during training.
The local WDBs have the discretion to determine payment levels for Adult and Dislocated Worker Program participants. However, payment levels for Dislocated Worker Program participants cannot exceed the greater of:
The state WDB has the discretion to determine payment levels if needs-related payments are used as part of allowable statewide employment and training activities.9
Trade Readjustment Allowances
Income support payments for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program participants who have exhausted unemployment insurance benefits.