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RULE §382.109Financial Eligibility Requirements

Calculating countable income. FPP determines an applicant's financial eligibility by calculating the applicant's countable income. To determine countable income, FPP adds the incomes listed in paragraph (1) of this section, less any deductions listed in paragraph (2) of this section, and exempting any amounts listed in paragraph (3) of this section.

  (1) To determine income eligibility, FPP counts the income of the following individuals if living together:

    (A) the individual age 18 through 64 applying for FPP;

      (i) the individual's spouse; and

      (ii) the individual's children age 18 and younger; or

    (B) the individual age 17 or younger applying for FPP;

      (i) the individual's parent(s);

      (ii) the individual's siblings age 18 and younger; and

      (iii) the individual's children;

  (2) In determining countable income, FPP deducts the following items:

    (A) a dependent care deduction of up to $200 per month for each child under two years of age, and up to $175 per month for each dependent two years of age or older;

    (B) a deduction of up to $175 per month for each dependent adult with a disability; and

    (C) child support payments.

  (3) FPP exempts from the determination of countable income the following types of income:

    (A) the earnings of a child;

    (B) up to $300 per federal fiscal quarter in cash gifts and contributions that are from private, nonprofit organizations and are based on need;

    (C) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);

    (D) the value of any benefits received under a government nutrition assistance program that is based on need, including benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the Food Stamp Program) (7 U.S.C. §§2011-2036), the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. §§1771-1793), the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. §§1751-1769), and the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§3056, et seq.);

    (E) foster care payments;

    (F) payments made under a government housing assistance program based on need;

    (G) energy assistance payments;

    (H) job training payments;

    (I) lump sum payments;

    (J) Supplemental Security Income;

    (K) adoption payments;

    (L) dividends, interest and royalties;

    (M) Veteran's Administration;

    (N) earned income tax credit payments;

    (O) federal, state, or local government payments provided to rebuild a home or replace personal possessions damaged in a disaster, including payments under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§5121 et seq.), if the recipient is subject to legal sanction if the payment is not used as intended;

    (P) educational assistance payments; and

    (Q) crime victim's compensation payments.

Source Note: The provisions of this §382.109 adopted to be effective July 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4630; amended to be effective May 16, 2024, 49 TexReg 3199

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