Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Family Cap

Revised:

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When a newborn to the assistance unit is reported, determine if Family Cap applies to the newborn. If the Family Cap provision does not apply:

 

        Add the newborn to the AU, if otherwise eligible.

        Provide benefits to the AU including the newborn.

 

If the Family Cap provision does apply:

 

        Add the child to the assistance unit per all other eligibility requirements.

        Determine eligibility for the AU using the gross income standard (GIS) and the consolidated need standard (CNS) for the assistance unit size including the newborn. Cap the maximum payment at the standard for the assistance unit size not including the newborn.

 

Example: The AU consists of the caretaker and one child. The caretaker reports the birth of a child for which Family Cap applies. The AU has SS income and, if the newborn were added to the payment amount, the AU would be eligible for $160. $160 exceeds the maximum grant amount for the AU size minus the Family Cap child. Therefore, the AU would only be eligible for $142, the maximum two-person grant amount.

 

Example: The AU consists of the caretaker plus two children plus one Family Cap child. In looking at the GIS and the CNS for an AU of four, this particular AU, based on their income, would have been eligible for a grant of $175. $175 is less than the maximum grant amount ($185) for the AU size minus the Family Cap child. Therefore, they would receive the $175 grant amount.

 

When an assistance unit that has a Family Cap closes and later reapplies, evaluate the AU to determine if the Family Cap should apply to the new period of eligibility.

 

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