Department of Human Services

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Treatment of Income




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(a)   As a result of anticipating changes, the household’s Food Stamp allotment for the month of application may differ from its allotment in subsequent months. The certification period established by the Caseworker should be for the longest possible period over which changes in the household circumstances can be reasonably anticipated. The household’s allotment shall vary month to month within the certification period to reflect changes anticipated at the time of certification, unless the household elects the averaging techniques. If the recipient elects to average income, a change back to monthly adjustments cannot be made during a certification period.


For initial certification and ongoing Families First cases, child support pass through payments will be budgeted prospectively.  If the household is receiving child support, caseworkers must determine if the household is eligible for child support pass-through payments based upon the household’s unmet need in the Families First budget.  The unmet need is determined by subtracting the household’s Net Countable Income and the Families First grant amount from the Consolidated Need Standard.


If the household’s unmet need is greater than zero, the household is eligible for child support pass-through payments.  The amount of the child support pass-through payment is the anticipated monthly amount of child support up to the unmet need amount.                                                                             


(b)   When changes in income are reported, great care must be taken to coordinate the action taken in Food Stamps and Families First. It must be carefully explained to the recipient that any change reported may affect the FF grant, which in turn, may affect the amount of his/her Food Stamp allotment.


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