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 Income Eligibility Determination

You will determine the household's income eligibility based on the gross or net monthly income standards and household size shown on Appendix C-3, Maximum Food Benefit Allotments and Standards for Income and Deductions, Tables I through III unless all household members receive Temporary Assistance for  Needy Families (TANF) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  TANF and SSI households are considered categorically eligible and are not subject to the gross or net monthly income tests.

Table I is based on the household's gross income, before deductions.  Use Table I to determine the household's income eligibility unless everyone in the household receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the household contains an elderly or disabled household members

Note:  If one or more household members are self-employed, the self-employed person's gross income is the amount left after you subtract the person's business expenses.  

Table II is based on the household's net income after you subtract deductible expenses.  Use Table II when the household contains at least one elderly or disabled household member.

Table III is based on the household's gross income when a person 60 years of age or older lives with others and is unable to purchase and prepare meals separately because of a permanent disability.  The gross income standard is higher than Table I's gross income standard.  When you use this table, total income of everyone who lives in the home must be at or below the income level per household size. 

When everyone's income is at or below this level, the elderly or disabled person or couple can be approved as a separate household based on the net income shown on Table II.

Also use Table III to determine income eligibility for one or two person households when they are 60 years of age or older or disabled.

Income determination policy is located at 340:50-9-1.  Self-employment income policy is located at 340:50-7-30.

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