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Issue Alert - Food Assistance Simplified Reporting

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Date:

Jul 07, 2006

Program Area:

Food Assistance PAM 200

Issue Summary:

Simplified Reporting (SR) Groups remain in SR throughout the current benefit period unless they report changes at their semi-annual contact or redetermination that make them ineligible for SR.

Persons Affected:

Food Assistance groups with countable earnings, as currently defined in PEM 500.

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice
320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor
Saginaw, MI 48607
Phone: (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441
Fax: (989) 755-3558
E-mail: info@ccj-mi.org

Michigan Poverty Law Program
611 Church Street, Suite 4A
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000
Phone: (734) 998-6100
Fax: (734) 998-9125


Background

Food Assistance groups with countable earnings, as currently defined in PEM 500, are assigned to the Simplified Reporting (SR) category. Simplified Reporting groups are required to report only when the group’s actual gross monthly income (not converted) exceeds the SR income limit for their group size. No other change reporting is required.

What's Happening?

If the group has an increase in income, the group must determine their total gross income at the end of that month. If the total gross income exceeds the group’s Simplified Reporting (SR) income limit, the group must report this change to their specialist by the 10th day of the following month, or the next business day if the 10th day falls on a weekend or holiday. Once assigned to SR, the group remains in SR throughout the current benefit period unless they report changes at their semi-annual contact or redetermination that make them ineligible for SR. The following groups are not eligible for SR: • Migrants/Seasonal Farmworkers, • Homeless, • Groups with only excluded earnings, and • Food Assistance groups without countable earned income. The income limit is 130% of the poverty level based on group size. To determine the group’s SR income limit, count all eligible members of the Food Assistance group. See PRT 250. (http://www.mfia.state.mi.us/olmweb/ex/prt/250.pdf) Disqualified members are not included in the group size when determining the income limit. However, their budgetable income is included in the group’s total gross income when comparing to the income limit.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee.

You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at MichiganLegalAid.org.

You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.