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NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS

ISSUE DATE: 10/2016

The Corporation for National and Community Service administers the following programs and special initiatives:

AmeriCorps programs:

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AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans, age 17 years and older, in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

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AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members age 18 years and older to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and help bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

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AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Special initiatives and innovation grants.

Senior Corps programs:

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Foster Grandparent Program.

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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

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Senior Companions Program.

See Corporation for National and Community Service for more information.


MFIP, DWP, GA, GRH:

Count income and payments from service and training programs (salary, wages, stipends or in-kind, etc.) as earned income only if it meets or exceeds the state’s minimum wage.

Count payments to civil service employees administering AmeriCorps programs as earned income.


SNAP:

Exclude all Senior Corps payments and payments made under any special initiatives or innovative grants.

Exclude all AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps National (also known as AmeriCorps USA), and AmeriCorps NCCC payments as income.

Do not count AmeriCorps VISTA payments as income for people who were receiving SNAP, MFIP, or SSI when they joined AmeriCorps VISTA. For all other people, count AmeriCorps VISTA payments as earned income.


MSA:

For SSI recipients no action is required, SSA makes all income determinations.

For non-SSI recipients follow GA.

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