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Income Availability

We do not count income toward the household's eligibility until the income is available for the household's use. The income becomes available to the household after the household receives the first full payment. After the household receives the first full payment, you must use the income when making eligibility determinations or add the income to the benefit for the next month in the eligibility period.

At initial certification

When the first full payment occurs on or before the date you certify the Child Care benefit, the income from that source is available to the household, and you count the income received before certification. When the payment occurs after the certification date, do not count the income until the first of the month that follows when the client receives the first full payment.

At renewal or during the eligibility period

The income is not available to the household until the first of the month that follows the first full pay date.

Household income that is not available prior to the certification date or by the first of the month when renewing for a new eligibility period but becomes available in the second or third month of eligibility period requires you to use the unfinished issuance process to certify the household or a Remedy process to renew the household. See the Quest instructions for these processes here.

Example 1:

Kenny, aged 32, started working for a fast food restaurant on May 5, 2018. Needing Child Care for his five-year-old son, Kenny applies for Child Care on May 23, 2018. He brings a letter that verifies his start date, his pay rate of $7.25, and his schedule. You interview Kenny the day he applies. During the interview, you call his manager who confirms Kenny received his first check on May 11, 2018 and a full check on May 18, 2018. Kenny's manager confirms the gross payment amounts for these checks over the telephone. The case is not missing any other verification. When you do you start counting Kenny's income?

You count Kenny's income on May 23, 2018. He received his first full paycheck on May 18, 2018. Since this is before the certification date, this income counts for month of application.

Example 2:

Erin, aged 40, applies for Child Care on July 24, 2018. She is seeking Child Care for her three-year-old daughter. She is about to start working at a child care facility. She wants her daughter to attend this facility. She reports her boss will allow her to start as soon as she gets child care. You call the child care and confirm that she can start July 26, 2018. The manager explains Erin will make $8.00 per hour and work 20 hours per week. She will receive her first check on August 3, 2018 and her first full check on August 13, 2018. When do you start counting Erin's income?

You do not count Erin's income from this job until September 1, 2018. She will not receive her first full check until August 13, 2018. This income is countable on the first of the month that follows the first full check. This is September 1, 2018. You will use the unfinished issuance process to count the income for September before locking in the copayment for the eligibility period.

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