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Washington State Institute for Public Policy
December 2009
This paper examines existing public and private programs that provide personal hygiene and cleaning supplies to low-income populations.

Based on interviews with knowledgeable people, three principal options are identified if the legislature chooses to increase access and availability. A hybrid approach is possible, as the options are not mutually exclusive: 1) Establish a benefit card or voucher program for personal hygiene and cleaning supplies; 2) Allocate additional support services’ funds to cover personal hygiene and cleaning products for recipients of TANF; and 3) Use existing governmental purchasing contracts to allow more community organizations to purchase products at lower negotiated prices.
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