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Good Cause and Exemptions

What if I can’t participate in the GAIN program?


If you have a situation that stops you from working or participating in GAIN, you can ask to be excused by requesting good cause or an exemption. You may need to provide proof, such as a doctor’s note.

Remember, you have a limited time to participate in GAIN. The time you are in good cause or exempt for certain reasons count toward your 48-Month Time Limit. If you are exempt, you can still volunteer in GAIN. 

Here are some examples of good cause reasons:

  • You are sick or taking care of an ill household member for less than 30 days
  • You are homeless
  • You need to appear in court
  • You are a victim of domestic violence
  • You do not have child care or transportation to get to your GAIN activity

Here are some examples of exemption reasons:

  • You are disabled or taking care of an ill household member for 30 days or more
  • You are taking care of a young child under two years old
  • You are 60 years of age or older

If you or your children are having other problems making it difficult for you to participate and need help, you may ask for Family Stabilization Services.