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HOW TO CALC. BENEFIT LEVEL - MFIP/WB/DWP/GA

ISSUE DATE: 07/2014

For sanction procedures, see 0012.21 (Responsible Relatives Not in the Home), 0028.30 (Sanctions for Failure to Comply - Cash).


MFIP:

MFIP is composed of both federal block grant money and state money. MFIP covers some people who cannot be funded by federal money:

Some non-citizens. See 0011.03 (Citizenship and Immigration Status), 0011.03.03 (Non-Citizens - MFIP/WB/DWP Cash), 0011.03.06 (Non-Citizens - MFIP Food Portion).

Legal custodians. See LEGAL CUSTODIAN in 0002.37 (Glossary: Learning...). Also see 0014.03.03 (Determining the Cash Assistance Unit).



The procedure to determine the grant amount differs based upon the types of income the unit receives.

If the unit receives NO INCOME (other than MFIP), the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, whichever applies, for the payment month is the total MFIP grant. See 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards).

If the unit receives UNEARNED INCOME ONLY, subtract the amount of unearned income in the budget month from the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, whichever applies, for the corresponding payment month to determine the total MFIP grant.



If the unit has EARNED INCOME ONLY:

1.

Subtract the net earned income in the budget month from the Family Wage Level for the corresponding payment month. See 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards).

For APPLICANT cases, use the transitional standard when budgeting income to determine whether the unit meets the initial monthís eligibility test.

2.

If the difference you computed in Step 1 is MORE THAN OR EQUAL TO the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, whichever applies, the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard is the total MFIP grant.

If the difference is LESS THAN the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, the amount of the difference is the total MFIP grant.



If the unit has both EARNED AND UNEARNED INCOME:

1.

Subtract the net earned income in the budget month from the Family Wage Level for the corresponding payment month.

2.

If the difference you computed in Step 1 is MORE THAN the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, whichever applies, subtract the unit's unearned income in the budget month from the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard. The difference is the total MFIP grant.

If the difference you computed in Step 1 is LESS THAN the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard, whichever applies, subtract the unit's unearned income in the budget month from the amount of the difference. The remaining amount is the total MFIP grant.


For applicant cases, prorate the benefit. See 0022.12.03 (Proration). For addendum cases, do not prorate the benefit. See 0008.06.06 (Adding a Person to the Unit - Cash).

Subtract the recoupment if applicable. See 0025.21.15 (Recoupment).

Issue the food portion of the grant as EBT. Issue any remaining amount in cash. For the food portion amount, see 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards).

Use the amount of the MFIP food portion when you report SNAP benefits to other agencies. Also use the food portion of MFIP when issuing expedited food assistance. See 0004 (Emergencies).

When there are people in the MFIP unit who are not eligible for the food portion, subtract a prorated share of the food portion for that person. To calculate the amount:

1.

Calculate the food portion for this assistance unit. See 0022 (Budgeting and Benefit Determination).

2.

Divide the food portion by number of people in the MFIP unit.

3.

Multiply the result of Step 2 by the number of unit members eligible for the food portion.

Example
: The food portion for a household of 4 is $601. Two unit members already received SNAP this month. $601 food portion divided by 4 unit members x 2 eligible members = $300. Truncate if necessary.


DO NOT count certain children born to families who have been on MFIP for 10 months or more in the cash portion of the assistance unitís grant. See 0014.06.03 (Family Cap).


WB:

Compare the unitís net income to 200% of the FPG for that family size. If the net income is less than 200% of the FPG, the unit meets the income criteria. See 0016.18.01 (200 Percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines), 0018 (Determining Net Income), 0018.18 (Earned Income Disregards), 0020.10 (WB Assistance Standard).

Subtract the recoupment if applicable. See 0025.21.15 (Recoupment).


DWP:

The amount of cash benefits a unit is eligible for is based on the number of people in the unit, the family maintenance needs, personal needs allowance, and countable income. See 0002.13 (Glossary: Conciliation...) for the definition of countable income. Evaluate the income of the unit that is requesting DWP, allowing the same disregards for earned income that are allowed under MFIP. See 0018.18 (Earned Income Disregards).

Family maintenance needs include:

Housing costs.

Utility costs.

$35/month telephone allowance.

Up to $70/month per eligible unit member for personal needs allowance.


Use verified shelter and utility expenses, and the flat rate of $35 per month for telephone service, if verified, to determine the amount of the grant.

When the participant has a verified job pending at the time the family applies for DWP, factor the prospective earnings into the benefit calculation.

The maximum monthly benefit amount available under DWP is the difference between the unit's maintenance needs plus personal needs and the unit's countable income not to exceed the CASH portion of the appropriate MFIP standard of need. For the purpose of this determination, "MFIP standard of need" means either the Transitional Standard or the Shared Household Standard for the unit's size. See 0020.09 (MFIP/DWP Assistance Standards). The minimum cash benefit amount, if income and asset tests are met, is $10. Do not vendor pay benefits of $10.

Units must pass the initial income test. See 0018 (Determining Net Income). Households whose income exceeds the total of their family maintenance needs and personal needs allowance, and the unitsí income is more than the cash portion of the MFIP standard but less than the MFIP Transitional Standard, will receive the $10.00 minimum monthly grant. They are also eligible for Employment Services, Child Care Assistance, and supportive services.

For applicant cases, prorate the amount for the 1st month benefit. See 0022.12.03 (Proration).

Subtract the recoupment if applicable. See 0025.21.15 (Recoupment).

For details on the calculation of benefits, see TEMP Manual TE20.06 (DWP Example - Initial Benefit Calculation).

Once the monthly grant is determined, vendor pay the housing and utilities. Vendor payment of telephone services is a county option.

In most cases once the grant amount is determined, if the participant obtains a job or receives additional earned income, or unearned income (such as child support), the income is NOT used to reduce the unitís DWP benefits. See 0022.21 (Income Overpayment Relating to Budget Cycle).


When any of the following circumstances occur, recalculate the unitís benefits and approve new results, allowing for proper notice:

The unitís income decreases.

There are changes in the unitís household size.

There are changes in the unitís family maintenance needs.


This recalculation may result in determining an overpayment or issuing a supplement.

DWP benefits are NOT considered TANF cash assistance and are NOT counted towards the 60-month time limit.


SNAP, MSA, GRH:

See 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH).


GA:

Determine the benefit level as follows:

1.

Subtract net income in the budget month from the assistance standard for the corresponding payment month. See 0018 (Determining Net Income), 0020.18 (GA Assistance Standards), 0022.03 (How and When to Use Prospective Budgeting), 0022.06 (How and When to Use Retrospective Budgeting).

2.

For applicants, or units with late HRFs, prorate the benefit. See 0007 (Reporting), 0022.12.03 (Proration).

3.

Determine if there is a recoupable amount. If there is, subtract the recoupment. See 0025.21.15 (Recoupment).

4.

Issue benefits of $10 or more. Issue benefits which are less than $10 because of recoupment or because part of the benefit is vendor paid. See 0024.09 (Protective and Vendor Payments).


In addition, see 0011.27.03 (Drug Felons) for special provisions for units containing a member convicted of a drug felony.

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