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340:10-3-10. Maximum resources

Revised 9-15-20

Maximum resources is a term used to designate the largest amount an individual can hold in one or more countable resources and still be considered eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the standpoint of need.  • 1  Resources may be held in any form or combination of forms of real or personal property.

(1) Maximum TANF resource standard.Refer to Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards, Schedule IX.C to determine the maximum resources a family may have and be eligible for TANF.The resources of all members included in the TANF cash assistance benefit are considered in determining the maximum resources for the family.For resources of a needy caretaker refer to paragraph (2) of this Section.

(A) When both parents are in the home and one parent receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is included in a State Supplemental Payment (SSP) benefit and the other parent is included in a TANF benefit with the children, the resources of both parents are evaluated to determine eligibility for SSI and therefore are not considered for the TANF benefit.

(B) When a natural or adoptive parent or dependent child is not included in the assistance unit because of alien status, his or her resources are considered with the resources of the eligible children in computing TANF resource eligibility.

(2) Consideration of resources of a relative-payee other than a natural or adoptive parent.A relative-payee may only be included in the cash assistance benefit when the natural or adoptive parent is not in the home and the relative-payee meets the definition of a needy caretaker, per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:10-3-30 and inclusion of his or her resources does not exceed the resource standard, per DHS Appendix C-1, Schedule IX.C.  • 2 A stepparent may be included in the cash assistance benefit when the natural or adoptive parent is incapacitated or not in the home.

(A) When a relative-payee is not eligible to be included in the TANF assistance unit or is eligible but does not want to be included, the relative-payee or his or her spouse's resources are not considered in determining the children's eligibility.

(B) A relative-payee is considered resource eligible as a needy caretaker when his or her resources do not exceed the maximum resource standard.

(C) Only one needy caretaker may be included in the TANF assistance unit when the child's parent(s) is not in the home.When the needy caretaker has a spouse who is not an SSI recipient, one-half of their combined resources are considered as the needy caretaker's resources.When the spouse of the needy caretaker is an SSI recipient, his or her resources are not considered.

Revised 9-15-20

1.Refer to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:10-3-1 through 340:10-3-10 to determine what resources to consider in determining a family's resource eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance.

2.Refer to OAC 340:10-3-56 to determine who may and may not be included in the TANF cash assistance unit.

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