The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program provides information and services on work incentives and employment to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries, including transition-to-work aged youth and veterans within the Verdugo region (Burbank, Glendale, and La Canada, San Fernando Valley), San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Alhambra, City of Commerce, Lancaster, Palmdale, other surrounding cities in Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County. The program is designed to encourage SSA beneficiaries to seek, maintain, or regain employment. The Glendale-based Verdugo Workforce Development Board (VWDB) was re-awarded the WIPA grant by the Social Security Administration (SSA) on August 1, 2015.
Certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) will provide one-on-one assistance to beneficiaries with disabilities allowing them to return to work and achieve greater self sufficiency. The CWICs work in collaboration with the Social Security Administration to help disabled beneficiaries make informed choices about working while maintaining their benefits. The ultimate goal is to provide accurate information on work incentive programs such as the Ticket-to-Work Program and Self-Sufficiency Program, issues related to such programs, and assist SSA beneficiaries succeed in their return to work efforts. For more information about the WIPA Program, you may contact Nina Schultz at 818-937-8020 or by email at FSchultz@glendaleca.gov.