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Combined Manual


DESTITUTE UNITS--MIGRANT/SEASONAL FARMWORKER

ISSUE DATE: 08/2012
Revision #4

MFIP:
See 0004.06 (Emergencies - 1st Month Processing) to determine when units get expedited food portion or a SNAP case needs to be opened. If the unit can get expedited food portion, follow the SNAP provisions below to determine destitute status.


WB, DWP, MSA, GA, EGA, GRH:

No provisions.


SNAP:

Migrants and seasonal farmworkers qualifying as destitute units are entitled to special procedures for calculating income in the initial month. Destitute units with $100 or less in liquid assets also qualify for expedited services. When determining destitute status, consider the source of income for a migrant or seasonal farmworker unit to be the grower, rather than the crew leader.

If a unit received SNAP in another state during the month of application, treat the next month as the month of application and the 1st day of the month as the application date when determining destitute status in the procedure below. Actual processing standards are still based on the actual date of application. See 0004.06 (Emergencies - 1st Month Processing), 0005.12.15 (Application Processing Standards).


Migrant and seasonal farmworker units are destitute if they meet any of these conditions:

The only income the unit received in the application month was before the date of application and from a terminated source.

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Consider income the unit gets monthly or more often to be from a terminated source if the unit will not get income again from that source during the application month or the next month.

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Consider income the unit gets less often than monthly to be from a terminated source if the unit will not get any more income from that source in the month they would normally get the next payment.

The only income the unit will get in the application month is from a new source. They will not get more than $25 from that source by the 10th calendar day after the date of application.

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Consider income the unit gets monthly or more often to be from a new source if the unit has not received more than $25 from that source in the 30 days before the application date.

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Consider income the unit gets less often than monthly to be from a new source if the unit has not received more than $25 from that source within the normal interval between payments.

The unit will get income from a terminated source before the date of application and from a new source after the date of application. The unit cannot get any other income during the application month and cannot get more than $25 from the new source by the 10th calendar day after the date of application. Consider people who change jobs but stay with the same employer to be receiving income from the same source.


Employers sometimes advance employees money to cover costs of moving to a new job. Do not consider travel advances when determining whether income is from a new source or whether the unit is destitute. When determining eligibility and benefit levels, count as income travel advances that are advances on future wages as stated in a written contract which was executed at or before the time the advance was given. Exclude as income travel advances that are reimbursements for actual travel costs. See 0017.15.75 (Reimbursement of Expenses).

Exclude as income any EA or EGA that is vendor paid for a migrant or seasonal farmworker unit while the unit is in the job stream when determining destitute status, eligibility, and benefit levels. See 0017.06 (Excluded Income).


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