65A-1.603. Food Assistance Program Income and Expenses  


Effective on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • 1(1) Rounding Income and Expenses. With the exception of the benefit reduction, cents resulting from budget calculations are retained at each level in determining the assistance group’s (AGs) food assistance benefits. The benefit reduction is rounded up to the next whole dollar.

    43(2) Standard Utility Allowance. A standard utility allowance (SUA) of 53$361 must be used by AGs who incur, or within the eligibility period expect to incur, heating or cooling expenses separate and apart from their rent or mortgage and by AGs who receive direct or indirect assistance authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981. Actual utility expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the telephone standard, are not used.

    117(3) Basic Utility Allowance. A basic utility allowance (BUA) of $291 must be used by AGs who do not incur heating or cooling expenses, but do incur utility expenses such as electricity, fuel, water, sewerage, or garbage pickup, separate and apart from their rent or mortgage. Actual utility expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the telephone standard, are not used.

    180(4) Telephone Standard. A telephone standard of $50 must be used by AGs who incur only a telephone expense. Actual telephone expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the SUA or BUA, are not used.

    217(5) Homeless Shelter Deduction. A homeless shelter deduction of $152 must be used by homeless AGs who do not receive free shelter throughout the month and incur or expect to incur shelter expenses unless higher expenses are claimed.

    255(6) Child Support Paid Out. Legally obligated child support payments are a deduction for the Food Assistance Program.

    273Rulemaking Authority 275414.45 FS. 277Law Implemented 279414.31 FS. 281History–New 1-31-94, Formerly 10C-1.603, Amended 1-12-99, 5-25-03, 8-22-05, 2-17-09, 12-13-09, 11-1-10, 12-25-11, 10-16-12, 8-11-13, 11-30-14, 1-31-16, 6-6-17, 4-4-18, 8-15-18, 12-3-19.

     

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