Prior felony drug conviction no longer precludes CalFresh and CalWORKs eligibility

It took nearly two decades for California to lift the statutory prohibition preventing individuals with prior drug felony convictions from qualifying for CalFresh or CalWORKs benefits. But the recent enactment of AB 1468 (2014) did just that. Effective April 1,…

USDA publishes final guidance on Title VI prohibition against discrimination of persons with limited English proficiency

The Office of Civil Rights within the USDA has issued detailed final guidance, including its responses to submitted comments, clarifying the obligations of entities receiving federal financial assistance from USDA (e,g,, the California Department of Social Services, which administers the…

Process changing for warnings about excessive EBT replacement requests

In response to recent FNS changes in the federal SNAP rules targeting illegal trafficking, the CalFresh program is changing its process for warnings to recipients who make repeated requests for replacement EBT cards. Effective 2015, County Welfare Departments will issue…

ACL 14-66: State Utility Assistance Subsidy (SUAS) (9/19/14)

Instructions regarding the new State Utility Assistance Subsidy (SUAS) program. Lists how to cover recipients during the transfer period from LIHEAP Heat and Eat to SUAS.  The SUAS payment ($20.01) is only to be provided to those households who will…

ACIN I-56-14: FFY 2015 Resource Limit Adjustments And Increased Quality Control Tolerance Level For Small Errors – Effective October 1, 2014 (9/11/14)

The non-aged/disabled property limit was increased to $2,250; the aged/disabled remains at $3250. Given the Categorical Eligibility is applicable to all cases, this has no current impact on clients.  [Download]  

ACIN I-55-14: Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Income Eligibility Standards And Allotments – Disaster Guidance Attachment – Effective October 1, 2014 (9/11/14)

Releasing the new D-Snap income and deduction tables. [Download]

ACL 14-66: State Utility Assistance Subsidy (SUAS) (9/19/14)

An explanation of the rules, including transitioning cases, from the “old” Heat and Eat program to the new one.  The SUAS program provides a means for CalFresh households to qualify for the SUA utility deduction. [Download]

ACL 14-63: Households Eligible For CalFresh, But Entitled To No Benefits (9/16/14)

Instructions on the treatment of households with three or more members who are categorically eligible (CE) to CalFresh, but whose net income would not entitle them to receive any benefits.   It is possible for the household to be gross income eligible,…

ACIN I-53-14: Information On COLAs: Maximum SNAP Allotments, Standard Deduction, Shelter Deduction, Homeless Household Shelter Allowance, Standard Utility Allowance (SUA), Limited Utility Allowance (LUA), Telephone Utility Allowance (TUA), Income Eligibility Standards And Calfresh Tables Of Coupon Issuance – Effective October 1, 2014 (9/3/14)

Here are the new tables regarding deductions and allotments,  for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.  Homeless households lose out again, being the only category not to get an increase. [Download]

ACIN I-51-14: Option To Modify County TANF Work Participation Rate E2Lite Sample Size For FFY 2015 (8/29/14)

DSS is providing an option to county welfare directors that may provide workload relief by lowering the precision and the sample size for the County Work Participation Rate.  [Download]