WAC 388-492-0070

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 388-492-0070 How are my WASHCAP food benefits calculated?

  We calculate your food benefits as follows:   

  1. We begin with your gross income.
  2. We subtract the current standard deduction for one person under WAC 388-450-0185 from your gross income to get your countable income.
  3. We figure your shelter cost based on information we receive from the Social Security Administration (SSA), unless you report a change as described under WAC 388-492-0080. If you pay:
    1. Three hundred dollars or more a month for shelter, we use four hundred dollars as your shelter cost; or
    2. Less than three hundred dollars for shelter, we use two hundred ten dollars as your shelter cost; and
    3. We add the current standard utility allowance under WAC 388-450-0195 to determine your total shelter cost.
  4. We figure your shelter deduction by subtracting one half of your countable income from your shelter cost.
  5. We figure your net income by subtracting your shelter deduction from your countable income and rounding the resulting figure up from fifty cents and down from forty-nine cents to the nearest whole dollar.
  6. We figure your WASHCAP food benefits (allotment) by:
    1. Multiplying your net income by thirty percent and rounding up to the next whole dollar; and
    2. Subtracting the result from the maximum allotment under WAC 388-478-0060.
    3. If you are eligible for WASHCAP, you will get at least the minimum monthly benefit for Basic Food under WAC 388-412-0015. 

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