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ISSUE DATE: 12/2016

Prorate the initial month’s benefit amount from the date of application or the date all eligibility factors are met, whichever is later.

Use prospective budgeting for the 1st 2 months of eligibility and retrospective budgeting for subsequent months.

Follow MFIP policy for earned income after the 1st 2 months of prospective budgeting. See 0017.12.06 (Earned Income).

Retrospectively budget income after the 1st 2 months except when it occurs in the 1st 2 months but does not continue into the retrospective cycle (non-recurring income.) See 0022.06.03 (When Not to Budget Income in Retro. Cases).

Suspend benefits for units who will be ineligible for only 1 month but will be eligible in the following month.

Do not establish an overpayment or underpayment for prospectively budgeted units for any month for which you based the assistance issued on the best information available at the time, you applied the correct policy, and there was no client error.

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