Basic Certification 2007. What we’ll cover:. Application Process Processing Time Standards Household Concept Interviewing Verification and Documentation Financial and Non-Financial Eligibility Criteria Resources Income Eligibility/Ineligibility Determinations Certification Periods
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for PA, GA, SSI households
(no income or resource test)
FSP net monthly income standard: $1613
FSP standard deduction: + $134
Step 1: Determine gross earned income
Step 2: Determine self-employment income
Step 3: Combine amounts in Steps 1 and 2
Step 4: Subtract 20% from total in Step 3
Step 5: Determine unearned income
Step 6: Determine student financial assistance income
Step 7: Combine amounts in Steps 4, 5 and 6
Step 8: Subtract allowable deductions from total in Step 7
Q: Lisa is seventeen and has a 3-month old baby. She is living with her parents. Her parents participate in FDPIR. She says she purchases and prepares her meals separately from her parents and siblings. She wants to get her own commodities. Can you certify Lisa as a separate household?
A: No. Children under 18 cannot be certified as a separate household.
Q: financial eligibility criteria to receive commodities)What is the processing time frame for an applicant household who reports they have no income?
A: The processing time frame for households qualifying for expedited service is one calendar day (excluding weekends and holidays) after the application was filed.
Q: A household reports on its application that it has $24,963 in an IRA. Is the IRA counted as a resource?
A: No. Pension plans and retirement accounts are not counted as a resource for FDPIR.
Q: For the last 15 years, Joe has lived in a tent on land owned by his brother. He does not have steady employment or any other regular income. Sometimes he cuts wood for his brother or other people and they give him some money or things that he needs (e.g., clothes, cookware) What certification period should you give Joe?
A. Two months. Most zero income household would get a one-month certification period. In unique situations, like Joe’s, where the household’s circumstances are verified to be somewhat stable, you may give the household a two-month certification period.
Q: If you can’t complete verification of a household’s income within the 7-day processing time frame, do you deny the application?
A: No. You certify the household for one month pending verification. The household cannot receive commodities beyond the one month until the required verification is completed.
Q: Can a household participate in FDPIR and food stamps in the same month?
A: No. FDPIR is an alternative program to the Food Stamp Program, so households may not participate in both programs in the same month.
Q: What household information must be verified? the same month?
- Household expenses related to the child support and Medicare premium deductions
- Questionable information
Q: Can ITOs and State agencies serve unqualified aliens? the same month?
A: ITOs and State agencies have the option to either serve or not serve unqualified aliens.
Q: A household wins $500 at bingo and deposits the money in their savings account. They now have $1,630 in their savings account. Is the household required to report the winnings?
A: No. The $500 is a non-recurring lump sum payment, which is considered a resource, not income, in the month received. However, households do not have to report a change in resource levels until they exceed the limits ($1,750 or $3,000, whichever is applicable).
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