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State funded basic food program (FAP)


Revised July 16, 2013



Who is eligible for State-Funded Basic Food Program (FAP)?

 

How do I process State-Funded Basic Food Program (FAP)?

 

How do I prorate shelter expenses when there is a legal resident alien with income in a FAP household?

 

How does ACES calculate the benefit for households with State-Funded Basic Food Program (FAP) members?

 


 

Who is eligible for State-Funded Basic Food Program (FAP)?

                                         

·         A Washington resident who does not qualify for federal Basic Food benefits because of their alien status may be eligible for state-funded basic food.  See EAZ Manual – WAC 388-400-0050 If I am not eligible for federal benefits through Washington Basic Food program because of my alien status, can I receive benefits through the state-funded food assistance program?

 

How do I process State-Funded Basic Food Program (FAP)?

 

1.      Follow the steps under How do I process a Basic Food application?

 

2.      On the DEM2 screen, in the Citiz field, enter [the appropriate valid value].  See <F1> Help.

 

3.      On the ALAS screen:

 

o        In the INS STAT field, enter [the appropriate valid value].  See <F1> Help.

 

o        In the Oth Fed Qual Stat field, enter [NQ] – No Federal Qualified Status.

 

4.      On the ELIG screen:

 

o        FAP field shows [Y] – YES (Food Assistance AUs Only).

 

o        Finl Resp code is [RN] – CA sanctioned Receiving MA Only/FAP Recipient.

 

How do I prorate shelter expenses when there is a legal resident alien with income in a FAP household?

 

·         To prorate shelter expenses for FAP households that include a legal resident alien with income, the shelter expenses must be coded on that household member’s SHEL screen to correctly prorate the shelter expenses. 

 

·         For more information about shelter cost income deductions see EAZ Manual WAC 388-450-0190 How does the department figure my shelter cost income deduction for Basic Food?

 

How does ACES calculate the benefit for households with State-Funded Basic Food Program members?

 

·         ACES determines the benefit amount as if all household members are eligible for Federal Basic Food. Then ACES determines the benefit amount for just the household members who are eligible for Federal Basic Food.   

 

·         ACES compares the two calculations and proceeds with the higher of the two amounts.

 

·         Then any FAP portion is reduced by 25% and rounded down to a whole dollar amount.


NOTE:

This computation is done internally and DOES NOT display on the FSFI screen.  The following examples are the computations completed by ACES.   See FAP Worksheet.


EXAMPLE

Two person household; one is a citizen, and the other a documented alien.

 

The documented alien earns $1108.00 per month and is responsible to pay the rent of $450.00 per month. The household is using the Standard Utility Allowance - SUA.

 

1.    Calculate benefit amount as if the entire household are federally eligible citizens (includes the documented alien with Finl Resp - RN).

Benefit amount = $286.00

 

2.    Now, calculate benefit for only the federally eligible household member(s), (include the citizen with Finl Resp - RE).   

Benefit amount = $200.00

 

3.    The difference between #1 and #2 is $86.00, which is the state-funded Basic Food portion (FAP) amount, but we only give 75% of it, which is $64.00 plus the entire Federal amount of $200.00 for a total of $264.00.      

 

4.    FSFI displays:

 

·         STATE AMOUNT = $64.00 = ($86.00 x 75% = $64.50 round down)

·         FEDERAL AMOUNT = $200.00

·         BENEFIT ISSUANCE AMOUNT = $200.00 + $64.00 = $264.00 


EXAMPLE

Two person household; one is a citizen, and the other is a documented alien.

 

The documented alien household member earns $1500.00 per month. The household has no rent or utility obligation, but is allowed the Standard Utility Allowance – SUA.

 

1.    Calculate benefit amount as if the entire household are federally eligible citizens (includes the documented alien with Finl Resp - RN).

Benefit amount = $51.00

 

2.    Now, calculate benefit for only the federally eligible household member(s), (include the citizen with Finl Resp - RE).

Benefit amount = $115

 

3.    The total benefit amount for the household is $115.00. The state-funded Basic Food portion of the issuance is $0.00.

 

4.    FSFI displays:

 

·         STATE AMOUNT = $0.00

·         BENEFIT ISSUANCE AMOUNT = $115.00

 

Because the household would be eligible for more in step 2 (federal Basic Food) than in step 1 they are eligible for $115.00 all from federal funds so the STATE AMT on the FSFI is zero.


EXAMPLE

Four person household; three are citizens, and the fourth is a documented alien.

 

The documented alien earns $1100.00 per month. The household pays $450.00 in rent and is  using the SUA.

 

1.    Calculate benefit amount as if the entire household are federally eligible citizens (includes the documented aliens with Finl Resp RN).

Benefit amount = $592.00

 

2.    Now, calculate benefit for only the federally eligible household member(s), (include the citizens with Finl Resp - RE).

Benefit amount = $513.00

 

3.    The difference between #1 and #2 is $79.00, which is the state-funded Basic Food portion (FAP) amount, but we only give 75% of it, which is $59.00 plus the entire Federal amount of $513.00 for a total of $572.00.      

 

4.    FSFI displays:

 

·         STATE AMOUNT= $ 59.00 = ($79.00 x 75% = $59.25 round down to $59.00)

·         FEDERAL AMOUNT = $513.00

·         BENEFIT ISSUANCE AMOUNT= $59.00 + $513.00 =  $572.00

Modification Date: July 16, 2013