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MFIP/DWP ASSISTANCE STANDARDS

ISSUE DATE: 10/2014

MFIP:

FAMILY WAGE LEVEL

------------------------------TRANSITIONAL STANDARD----------------------

# Eligible People

Full Standard

Cash Portion

Food Portion

1

$464

$422

$250

$172

2

$829

$754

$437

$317

3

$1,090

$991

$532

$459

4

$1,328

$1,207

$621

$586

5

$1,530

$1,391

$697

$694

6

$1,755

$1,595

$773

$822

7

$1,913

$1,739

$850

$889

8

$2,114

$1,922

$916

$1,006

9

$2,314

$2,104

$980

$1,124

10

$2,507

$2,279

$1,035

$1,244

Each add'l person

$191

$174

$53

$121


Use the Family Wage Level (FWL) standard for all applicants at the initial income test.

When calculating the monthly benefit level, use the FWL only for units with earned income. See 0022.12 (How to Calc. Benefit Level - MFIP/WB/DWP/GA).

For families with a child subject to the family cap, apply the FWL for the household size including that child. To determine the Transitional Standard to apply, add the cash portion for the household size not including the child to the food portion for the household size including the child. See 0014.06.03 (Family Cap).

Some state and federal programs do not count the food portion as income. Examples of these programs include housing subsidy programs, low income energy assistance program, and Supplemental Security Income when determining interim assistance amount.

SHARED HOUSEHOLD STANDARD

# Eligible People

Full Standard

Cash Portion

Food Portion

1

$397

$225

$172

2

$710

$393

$317

3

$938

$479

$459

4

$1,145

$559

$586

5

$1,321

$627

$694

6

$1,518

$696

$822

7

$1,654

$765

$889

8

$1,830

$824

$1,006

9

$2,006

$882

$1,124

10

$2,176

$932

$1,244

Each add'l person

$169

$48

$121


NOTE:
Assistance standards for a household of more than 10 are calculated by MAXIS.

See SHARED HOUSEHOLD in 0002.61 (Glossary: Self...).


The Shared Household Standard does NOT apply if:

The MFIP member is a victim of family violence.

OR

The non-MFIP member meets the eligible caregiver requirement.



Use the Shared Household Standard unless unrelated household members meet at least 1 of the following EXCEPTIONS:

Receiving Public Assistance:

-

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

-

WB.

-

General Assistance (GA).

-

Emergency General Assistance (EGA).

-

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA).

-

Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP).

-

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA).

-

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

-

Medical Assistance (MA) and all programs under MA (for example: QMB, SLMB, etc).

-

MinnesotaCare.

-

Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

-

Adoption Assistance.

-

Relative Custody Assistance.

-

Foster Care.

ROOMER, BOARDER, OR A PERSON TO WHOM ROOM OR BOARD IS PAID:
For this to apply, the unit must meet the definition of ROOMER/BOARDER (see 0002.07 (Glossary: Benefit...), 0002.57 (Glossary: Relative...), not simply share living expenses. If the MFIP unit is receiving roomer/boarder income, consider the income as self-employment. See 0017.15.33.27 (Self-Employment Income From Roomer/Boarder).

MINOR CHILD:
See MINOR CHILD in 0002.41 (Glossary: Medically Necessary...).

MINOR CAREGIVER:
This includes minor caregivers living with parents or in an approved supervised living arrangement, if applicable. See MINOR CAREGIVER in 0002.41 (Glossary: Medically Necessary...), 0012.06 (Requirements for Caregivers Under 20).

CAREGIVER OF A CHILD NOT IN THE MFIP ASSISTANCE UNIT:
This refers to the relationship of an unrelated person in the household to a child that is not considered part of the MFIP assistance unit. For a list of eligible caregivers, see 0014.03.03 (Determining the Cash Assistance Unit).

PROVIDING CHILD CARE TO A CHILD IN MFIP ASSISTANCE UNIT:
This refers to the unrelated person providing care for a child who is part of the MFIP assistance unit.


For detailed information on how to calculate the food portion benefit for children born into an assistance unit that has received MFIP for 10 months or more, see 0014.06.03 (Family Cap).


WB, SNAP, MSA, GA, GRH:

No provisions.


DWP:

Follow the CASH portion of the MFIP Transitional or Shared Household Standard, whichever is appropriate. The maximum monthly benefit amount available under DWP is the difference between the unit's needs and the unit's countable income, not to exceed the cash portion of the MFIP standard of need.

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