WSR 99-20-101

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Division)

[ Filed October 5, 1999, 1:09 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 388-478-0060 Income eligibility standards for food assistance and 388-450-0195 Utility allowances for food assistance programs.

Purpose: The federal government requires Washington state to update the deductions and standards once a year to be effective October 1, 1999.

Other Identifying Information: The amounts are supplied by federal food nutrition services.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.510.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.510.

Summary: Updates standards and deductions to determine benefit amount for food assistance recipients.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Betty Brinkman, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA, (360) 413-3091.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Rule is necessary because of federal law, 7 C.F.R. 273.9 (d)(1) and 7 C.F.R. 273.9 (d)(6).

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Updates standards and deductions used to determine food assistance benefit amounts.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Amends WAC 388-478-0060 and 388-450-0195 to change amounts.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Change affects only recipients of food assistance benefits and has no direct economic impact on small business.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This does not meet the definition of a significant legislative rule.

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo Bento Restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-B, Lacey, WA 98503, on November 9, 1999, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Paige Wall by October 26, 1999, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail wallpg@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, Paige Wall, Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, by November 9, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than November 10, 1999.

September 30, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

2653.2
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-16-024, filed 7/26/99, effective 9/1/99)

WAC 388-478-0060
Income eligibility standards for food assistance.

(1) When all household members receive cash benefits (TANF, GA-U, GA-S, etc.) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they do not have to meet the income standard.

(2) All households, based on their size, must have income at or below the limits shown in column B to be eligible for food assistance, except as follows:

(a) Column C is to be used when a household includes a person sixty years or older, or with disabilities;

(b) Column E is to be used when determining separate household status for an elderly person and a person with permanent disability, as described in WAC 388-408-0035 (1)(d).

EFFECTIVE ((10-1-98)) 10-1-99
Column A

Household Size

Column B

Maximum Gross Monthly Income

Column C

Maximum Net Monthly Income

Column D

Maximum Allotment

Column E

165% of Poverty Level

1 $ ((873))

893

$ ((671))

687

$((125)) 127 $((1,107))

1,133

2 ((1,176))

1,199

((905))

922

((230)) 234 ((1,492))

1,521

3 ((1,479))

1,504

((1,138))

1,157

((329)) 335 ((1,877))

1,909

4 ((1,783))

1,810

((1,371))

1,392

((419)) 426 ((2,262))

2,297

5 ((2,086))

2,115

((1,605))

1,627

((497)) 506 ((2,647))

2,684

6 ((2,389))

2,421

((1,838))

1,862

((597)) 607 ((3,032))

3,072

7 ((2,693))

2,726

((2,071))

2,097

((659)) 671 ((3,417))

3,460

8 ((2,996))

3,032

((2,305))

2,332

((754)) 767 ((3,802))

3,848

9 ((3,300))

3,338

((2,539))

2,567

(( 848)) 863 ((4,187))

4,236

10 ((3,604))

3,644

((2,773))

2,802

((942)) 959 ((4,572))

4,624

Each Additional Member +((304))

306

+((234))

235

+((94)) 96 +((385))

388

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.510.  99-16-024, 388-478-0060, filed 7/26/99, effective 9/1/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.500, 74.04.510, 74.08.090.  99-05-074, 388-478-0060, filed 2/17/99, effective 3/20/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090.  98-16-044, 388-478-0060, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

2660.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-09-055, filed 7/31/98 [4/19/99], effective 9/1/98 [5/20/99])

WAC 388-450-0195
Utility allowances for food assistance programs.

You can use the amounts in the chart below 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)) 228
Separate utility costs, but no heating or cooling costs Limited utility allowance (LUA) of $((158)) 155.12
Separate costs for phone service only Telephone utility allowance (TUA) of $((29)) 30

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510.  99-09-055, 388-450-0195, filed 4/19/99, effective 5/20/99.  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.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.

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