Department of Human Services

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Treatment of Income




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A household’s expenses are calculated based on the expenses for which the household expects to be billed during the certification period.  Anticipation of the expenses is based on the most recent month’s bills, unless the household is reasonably certain that a change will occur.  Changes may be anticipated during the certification period based on last year’s bills from the same period updated by overall price increases.


If only the most recent bill is available, utility cost increases or decreases over the months of the certification period may be based on utility company estimates for the type of dwelling and utilities used by the household.  Past expenses will not be averaged (such as utility bills for the past several months) as a method of anticipating utility costs for the certification period.


Glossary of Terms

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