Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Destitute Households




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(a)   Definition


Income is considered to be from a “new source” when:


1.   income of more than $25 will not be received from the new source by the 10th calendar day following the date of application; and


2.   the income normally is received on a monthly basis or more frequently, and no more than $25 has been received from that source within 30 days prior to the date the application was filed; or


3.   the income normally is received less often than monthly, and no more than $25 was received within the last normal interval between payments.


(b) Destitute households may expect to start receiving income from a new employer, but may be totally without income for a number of weeks before the new income begins. Therefore, they may be unable to meet their current food needs and are eligible for expedited service processing.


Example:  A household applies for food stamps on July 15. The family has no liquid resources and their sole source of income will be the head of household’s wages as a farmworker harvesting corn for his new employer. He will begin work on July 20 and will not receive his first pay until July 29. The family will have no other income from the new source within 10 days from the date of application. This is a destitute household and eligible for expedited service.   


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