575.2 Guidelines for Assigning Certification Periods

The CAO must assign the longest certification period possible, using the guidelines below.

7 CFR § 273.10(f)

NOTE:  The CAO must not base the certification period on the household's enrollment in SAR.  For SAR policy relating to certification periods, see Chapter 571.11.

575.21 Households Assigned a Twenty-Four Month Certification Period

The CAO must assign 24-month certification period to the household if:

The 24-month certification period applies whether or not the household has earned or unearned income.  If the household no longer receives earned or unearned income, the certification period does not change.

575.22 Households Assigned a Twelve-Month Certification Period

The CAO must assign a 12-month certification period if non-elderly-disabled the household has:

If the household no longer receives earned or unearned income, the certification period does not change.

The CAO must also assign a 12-month certification period to an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) household that is not subject to time limits if the household lives in a geographically waived area.  See Chapter 575.25.

 

575.23 Households Assigned a Certification Period of Six Months

The CAO must assign a six-month certification period to the household if it is:

NOTE:  The CAO must consider a household whose only income is from cash assistance as a household with exempt unearned income..

 

575.24 Households Assigned a Certification Period of Less than Six-Months

7 CFR § 273.11(a)

If the ABAWD is not currently meeting the work requirement and is not exempt by law, the CAO must base the length of the certification period on the number of months the ABAWD is allowed to receive SNAP benefits. See Chapter 575.25.

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575.25 Reserved November 15, 2016. ABAWD Information moved to Chapter 536, ABAWDS.

 

Reissued November 16, 2016, replacing September 16, 2015