SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Date of Adoption: April 19, 1999.
Purpose: Eliminates use of actual utility expenses as a utility deduction used to calculate food assistance benefits. Instead clients will be eligible for one of three utility allowances. This change is expected to reduce the food stamp program error rate.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-0195.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.510.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-06-088 on March 2, 1999.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
April 19, 1999
Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit2535.1
(1))) You can
use the amounts in the chart below (( or use actual utility costs)) to calculate total shelter costs.
Total shelter costs are used in calculating your food assistance benefits.
|If you have to pay:||Then, you can use the:|
|Separate heating or cooling costs||Standard utility allowance (SUA) of $211|
|Separate utility costs, but no heating or cooling costs||Limited utility allowance (LUA) of $158|
|Separate costs for phone service only||Telephone utility allowance (TUA) of $29|
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 7 CFR 273.9 (d)(6). 99-01-069, § 388-450-0195, filed 12/14/98, effective 1/14/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, § 388-450-0195, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]