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Definition of Destitute Migrant or Seasonal Farm Laborers

A destitute household means:

  • The household's only income received for the application month was received prior to the application date and is from terminated income (like a lost job).
    • If this income was monthly or more frequent, terminated income means that no more income will be received from the same source this month or the next.
    • If the income was less frequent, it will be considered terminated if income will not be received the next time it would have usually been received. 
  • The household's only income is from a new source of income (like a new job) and the client will not be receiving $25 or more in the 10 days following the application.
    • For new income that will be monthly or more frequent, $25 of income has not been received in the 30 days prior to the application.
    • For new income that will be less frequent, $25 of income has not been received in the normal interval. 

  • Households can still be considered destitute if they receive terminated income and new income if there is no other income coming in.

Households that have income that is averaged annually or over a period of time (such as self-employment), the income should be averaged to see if the client is destitute.

If the income is not reflective for some reason (due to termination or another type of unforeseen situation), you can look at the month of application to make a determination.

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