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Issue Alert - 02-10-03

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Date:

Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

The shelter deduction cap has been increased from $354 to $367.

Persons Affected:

FAP recipients and applicants who do not have a senior or disabled person in their household and have high shelter costs


Background

Food Assistance Program (FAP - formerly Food Stamps)

What's Happening?

FIA has raised the shelter deduction cap to $367. This increase will not impact households that include a senior or disabled person because those households are not subject to the cap. Households that have high excess shelter expenses and had shelter deductions at the cap of $354 will notice a small increase in their FAP grant as a result of the increased cap.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should begin using the $367 shelter deduction cap when they estimate FAP budgets for their clients.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website (http://www.mlan.net/locate.html) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738