Register July 2022 No. 799
Chapter DCF 120
DCF 120.01   Purpose.
DCF 120.02   Applicability.
DCF 120.03   Definitions.
DCF 120.04   Application.
DCF 120.05   Nonfinancial eligibility.
DCF 120.06   Financial eligibility.
DCF 120.07   Payment amounts.
DCF 120.08   Eligibility determination and payment procedures.
DCF 120.09   Social services.
DCF 120.10   Review of agency decisions.
Ch. DCF 120 Note Note: Chapter DWD 16 was renumbered to chapter DCF 120 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
DCF 120.01 DCF 120.01Purpose. This chapter implements s. 49.138, Stats., which directs the department to administer a program of emergency assistance for persons who are in need due to fire, flood, natural disaster, homelessness, impending homelessness, or energy crisis and who meet the eligibility criteria under this chapter.
DCF 120.01 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1999, No. 526, eff. 11-1-99; am. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01.
DCF 120.02 DCF 120.02Applicability. This chapter applies to all applicants for emergency assistance, all recipients of emergency assistance, and all county and tribal economic support agencies and W-2 agencies administering the emergency assistance program under s. 49.138, Stats.
DCF 120.02 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1999, No. 526, eff. 11-1-99.
DCF 120.03 DCF 120.03Definitions. In this chapter:
DCF 120.03(1) (1)“Destitution" means extreme want of resources or of the means of subsistence.
DCF 120.03(2) (2)“Emergency assistance" means the program under s. 49.138, Stats., for emergency assistance to families with needy children in cases of fire, flood, natural disaster, homelessness, impending homelessness, or energy crisis.
DCF 120.03(3) (3)“Emergency assistance group" or “group" means family as referred to in s. 49.138, Stats., and includes one or more dependent children as defined by s. 49.141 (1) (c), Stats., and a qualified caretaker relative with whom the child is living or was living at the time the emergency occurred.
DCF 120.03(4) (4)“Emergency shelter facility" means any facility, the primary purpose of which is to provide temporary or transitional shelter for the homeless in general or specific populations of the homeless.
DCF 120.03(5) (5)“Migrant worker" has the meaning given in s. 103.90 (5), Stats.
DCF 120.03(6) (6)“Needy person" means a person who meets the eligibility criteria in ss. DCF 120.05 and 120.06.
DCF 120.03(6m) (6m)“Poverty line" means the poverty line as defined and revised annually under 42 USC 9902 (2).
DCF 120.03(7) (7)“Qualified caretaker relative" means a caretaker of a child whose relationship to the caretaker or the caretaker's spouse is one of the following: son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or half sister, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, first cousin or grand, great-grand or great-great grand son, daughter, nephew, or niece. A qualified caretaker relative continues to be a qualified relative even when the relationship is terminated by death or divorce.
DCF 120.03(8) (8)“W-2 Agency" or “agency" means an entity that is administering the Wisconsin works program as a contractor under s. 49.143, Stats.
DCF 120.03 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1999, No. 526, eff. 11-1-99; am. (2), Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; correction in (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 09-059: cr. (6m) Register December 2009 No. 648, eff. 1-1-10.
DCF 120.04 DCF 120.04Application. Application for emergency assistance shall be made on a form prescribed by the department. Upon receipt of a completed application, the agency shall verify that the emergency was due to fire, flood, natural disaster, homelessness, impending homelessness, or an energy crisis. An agency shall consider the application complete if the application includes a legible name; address, if available; reason for the emergency; signature by the applicant or the applicant's representative and has been completed to the best of the applicant's or representative's ability. Verification of eligibility shall not delay the provision of assistance.
DCF 120.04 Note Note: An application form for emergency assistance may be obtained from a county or tribal economic support agency or a Wisconsin Works (W–2) agency. Contact information for Wisconsin works agencies may be found at .
DCF 120.04 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1999, No. 526, eff. 11-1-99; am. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 06-044: am. Register November 2006 No. 611, eff. 12-1-06.
DCF 120.05 DCF 120.05Nonfinancial eligibility.
DCF 120.05(1)(1)Criteria. The emergency assistance group shall meet all of the following nonfinancial eligibility criteria:
DCF 120.05(1)(a) (a) The group members shall live in Wisconsin and intend to reside in Wisconsin, except a migrant worker is not required to meet the requirement as to intent to reside in Wisconsin. A never-married child under age 18 is a Wisconsin resident when he or she is under the legal custody of the department or an agency, regardless of the state in which he or she is living. Wisconsin residence shall not be lost when a dependent child or caretaker relative is temporarily absent from Wisconsin for the purpose of visiting, hospitalization, or education.
DCF 120.05(1)(b) (b) The group members are citizens or qualifying aliens as defined in s. DCF 101.09 (2) (c).
DCF 120.05(1)(c) (c) The child for whom assistance is requested is or, within 6 months prior to the month of application for emergency assistance, was living with a qualified caretaker relative in a place of residence maintained as the caretaker relative's own home and is anticipated to live with the qualified caretaker relative in the month following the application date.
DCF 120.05(1)(d) (d) Assistance is needed to avoid destitution of the child or to provide a living arrangement for the child in a home.
DCF 120.05(1)(e) (e) The child's destitution or need for living arrangements did not result from the child or a qualified caretaker relative refusing without good cause to accept employment or training for employment.
DCF 120.05(1)(em) (em) An individual under 18 years of age is ineligible to be a qualified caretaker relative unless:
DCF 120.05(1)(em)1. 1. The individual is or has ever been married.
DCF 120.05(1)(em)2. 2. The individual has no parent, legal guardian, or other appropriate adult relative who would meet applicable criteria to act as the individual's legal guardian who is living or whose whereabouts are known.
DCF 120.05(1)(em)3. 3. No living parent, legal guardian, or other appropriate adult relative who would meet applicable criteria to act as the individual's legal guardian allows the individual to live in the home of the parent, guardian, or relative.
DCF 120.05(1)(em)4. 4. The individual or the child for whom assistance is requested is being or has been subjected to serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation in the residence of the individual's own parent or legal guardian.
DCF 120.05(1)(em)5. 5. Substantial evidence exists of an act or failure to act that presents an imminent or serious harm if the individual and the minor child lived in the same residence with the individual's own parent or legal guardian.
DCF 120.05(1)(em)6. 6. The W-2 agency otherwise determines that it is in the best interest of the individual's child to waive the general prohibition on assistance to unmarried caretakers who are under 18 years of age.
DCF 120.05(1)(f) (f) As determined by the agency, the group's need has resulted from an emergency due to one or more of the following causes:
DCF 120.05(1)(f)3. 3. A natural disaster such as a tornado, earthquake, electrical storm, windstorm, hail, sleet, a mud or rock slide, or a natural explosion such as lightning striking an object that then explodes.
DCF 120.05(1)(f)4. 4. Homelessness as determined under sub. (2). The cause of the homelessness need not be the result of a natural disaster.
DCF 120.05(1)(f)5. 5. Impending homelessness as determined under sub. (3).
DCF 120.05(1)(f)6. 6. An energy crisis, as determined under sub. (4).
DCF 120.05(2) (2) Eligibility due to homelessness. An emergency assistance group shall be considered homeless for purposes of determining nonfinancial eligibility under sub. (1) if the group needs emergency assistance to obtain a permanent living accommodation and if any of the following conditions apply:
DCF 120.05(2)(a) (a) The group lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
DCF 120.05(2)(b) (b) The group has a current residence that is a shelter designed for temporary accommodation such as a motel, hotel, or emergency shelter facility.
DCF 120.05(2)(c) (c) The group has already left its current housing because it is uninhabitable as determined by the local building inspector, the local health department, or other appropriate local authority.
DCF 120.05(2)(d) (d) The group is living in a place that is not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.