Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Treatment of Income




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A Families First budget is the tool used to determine whether an assistance unit is in need according to state standards currently in use, and to determine the amount of payment an eligible assistance unit is entitled to receive.


The eligibility and case management system calculates the Gross Income Test budget; Net Income Budget; and the final grant budget.


The Families First budget sets out the gross income limits, the consolidated standard for the number of people in the assistance unit, the gross and/or net income available to the assistance unit, any deficit between the net income and the consolidated need standard, and the grant amount for which the assistance unit is eligible.


The Consolidated Standard of Need is:


        The basis for determining the gross income standard.

        To determine eligibility for the $250 earned income disregards at the point of application.


The Families First payment does not meet 100% of need as defined by the consolidated need standard.A standard payment amount is set for each family size based on available state and federal funds.Income available to the assistance unit (after all appropriate disregards and deductions have been applied) is subtracted from the consolidated need standard to determine the deficit.Payment is the deficit or the standard payment amount for the assistance unit size, whichever is less.


If an assistance unitís available income equals or exceeds the assistance unitís consolidated need, the assistance unit is not eligible for a Families First grant.If there is a deficit of $1.00 to $9.99, no payment can be made, but the assistance unit is deemed to be a Families First AU for other purposes, including Medicaid coverage, as long as all other points of eligibility continue to be met.If the deficit is $10.00 or more and other eligibility requirements are met, payment will be made.





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