Only migrant or seasonal farm workers are designated as destitute. Evaluate each migrant or seasonal farm worker EU to determine if the EU can be considered destitute even if it otherwise qualifies for expedited service. The destitute evaluation entitles the EU to different income calculation policies for the first month of the certification period. See Definition of Destitute for policy on how to determine destitute.
Use the following budgeting procedures for destitute migrant/seasonal farm workers for the first month of the certification period only.
- At initial applications, budget income received between the first of the month and the date the application is filed. Disregard any income from a new source anticipated after the date of application.
- At recertifications, disregard income from a new source unless more than $25 is received by the tenth calendar day after the date of the EU’s normal issuance cycle.
Migrant/seasonal farm workers who are not destitute are subject to regular budgeting procedures.
EXAMPLE: Income from a previous grower received on 6/2 is the only source of income for Mrs. A’s migrant EU. The new grower will not pay her until 6/18. Mrs. A applies for food stamps on 6/5. She is considered eligible for expedited services, as she will receive no income from this terminated source during the balance of the month of application or not more than the $25 from the new source within ten calendar days. The budget will not show the income from the new source as it will not be received between the first of the month of application and the date of application. Budget the income received on 6/2.