Cash Assistance (CA) Income Eligibility and Payment Standard Guidelines

A CA cash grant may only be provided for an assistance unit that resides in a needy family. A family consists of the parent or non-parent head of household, their minor children, the spouse's minor children, the dependent child(ren) for whom CA is requested, and all minor siblings of the dependent child(ren).

To be considered a needy family, the countable income of a family may not exceed:

  • 130% of the current federal poverty level for families in which the head-of-household is a non-parent relative requesting Cash Assistance only for the dependent children.

    Example: A grandparent requests CA only for a grandchild. Living in the home are the grandparent, their spouse, and the grandchild. They are a family of three and their family's income may not exceed 130% of the current federal poverty level.
  • 100% of the current federal poverty level for all other families.

    *Note:  The needy family income test does not apply to families requesting Cash Assistance only for a dependent child who is in the legal custody of the Department of Child Safety and who is place in Unlicensed foster care.

    The assistance unit includes all members of a needy family for who CA is requested and who meet all the non-financial CA eligibility factors. When determining the amount of the CA grant, only the countable income of the assistance unit is considered. Also, the income of the parent(s) and minor siblings who are not included in the assistance unit are counted. 

130% Needy Family Income Standard
Effective October 1, 2014

130% of the Federal Poverty Level by Family Size

Number of Participants

 130% of Federal Poverty Level

2

$1,705

3

$2,144

4

$2,584

5

$3,024

6

$3,464

7

$3,904

8

$4,344

Each Additional Family Member, add $440

 

100% Needy Family Income Standard
Effective October 1, 2014

100% of the Federal Poverty Level by Family Size

Number of Participants

 100% of Federal Poverty Level

2

$1,311

3

$1,650

4

$1,988

5

$2,326

6

$2,665

7

$3,003

8

$3,341

Each Additional Family Member, add $339

Two Payment Standards (A1 and A2) exist for CA. When it is determined that a family is needy, the countable income of the assistance unit residing in the family may not exceed the applicable payment standard in order for the assistance unit to be eligible for a cash grant.  CA grant amounts are determined using one of the two payment standards which are based on whether the assistance unit has a shelter cost. The payment standards are as follows:

  • A1 Payment Standard: used when the participant has an obligation to pay ALLOWABLE shelter costs such as rent, mortgage, taxes, etc.
  • A2 Payment Standard: used when the participant is not eligible for the A1 Standard.



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