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Eligible New Hires

Veterans Target Groups

A new hire qualifies for a veterans target group, if the individual is:

  • A veteran who is a member of a family that received SNAP benefits (food stamps) for at least a 3-month period during the 15-month period ending on the hiring date;
  • OR

  • A disabled veteran entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability, who has been:
    • Hired within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty, OR
    • Unemployed for at least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date;
  • OR

  • A veteran who has been unemployed for:
    • At least 4 weeks in the year ending on the hiring date; OR
    • At least 6 months in the year ending on the hiring date.

Please note that to have veteran's status to be eligible for WOTC, an individual must:

  • Have served on active duty (not including training) in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days, OR have been discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability; AND
  • Not have a period of active duty (not including training) of more than 90 days that ended during the 60-day period ending on the hiring date.

Long-Term Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipient

To qualify for this target group, a new hire must be a member of a family that meets one of the following circumstances:

  • Has received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive months ending on the hiring date; OR
  • Has received TANF benefits for at least 18 consecutive or non-consecutive months after August 5, 1997, AND has a hiring date that is not more than 2 years after the end of the earliest 18-month period after August 5, 1997; OR
  • Has stopped being eligible for TANF payments during the past 2 years, because a Federal or state law limited the maximum time those payments could be made.

Short-Term TANF Recipient

A new hire qualifies for this target group, if the individual is a member of a family that received TANF benefits for any 9-month period during the 18-month period ending on the hiring date.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamp) Recipient

A new hire qualifies for this target group, if the individual is:

  • Age 18 to 39 years old, AND
  • A member of a family that received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for:
    • The 6 months ending on the hiring date, OR
    • At least 3 of the 5 months ending on the hiring date.

Designated Community Resident (DCR)

A new hire meets the criteria for this target group, if the individual:

  • Is age 18 to 39 years old, AND
  • Resides within one of the federally designated:
    • Rural Renewal Counties (RRCs), OR
    • Empowerment Zones (EZs).

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Referred Individual

A new hire is a member of this target group, if the individual with a disability has completed, or is completing, rehabilitative services provided by:

  • A state-certified agency, OR
  • An Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program, OR
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ex-Felon

A new hire meets the criteria for this target group, if the individual:

  • Has been convicted of a felony; AND
  • Has a hiring date that is not more than 1 year after the conviction or release from prison.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipient

A new hire meets the criteria for this target group, if the individual is a recipient of SSI benefits for any month that ends during the 60-day period ending on the hire date.


Summer Youth Employee

A new hire is a member of this target group, if the individual:

  • Is a 16 or 17 year old youth, AND
  • Works for the employer between May 1 and September 15; AND
  • Resides in an Empowerment Zone (EZ).

Qualified Long-Term Unemployment Recipient

An individual hired after December 31, 2015 who is in a period of unemployment that:

  • Is not less than 27 consecutive weeks, and
  • Includes a period (which may be less than 27 consecutive weeks) in which the individual received unemployment compensation under state or federal law.