Significant changes are those:
- reducing a household’s total gross income by more than $50, or
- reporting a new household member who is not a member of another certified household.
Act promptly on changes that significantly impact the household’s circumstances and result in an increased allotment.
All households reporting significant changes that increase benefits are entitled to supplemental benefits for the month in which the change is reported. Issue supplemental benefits for the month the change is reported within the following guidelines:
- If the next allotment will be available in less than ten days after the date the change was reported, issue supplemental benefits by the 10th day of the following month or the household’s normal issuance cycle in that month, whichever is later.
- If the next allotment will be available more than 10 days after the date the change was reported, issue supplemental benefits by the availability date of the next allotment.
Note: The above guidelines are the latest dates the benefits must be issued. Issue the additional benefits as soon as possible after the change is reported.
Example: A household reported a new member on June 2nd. Their June allotment will be available on June 3rd. Issue supplemental benefits for June by July 3rd, the next allotment issued 10 days after the change was reported.
If the household reported a new member on June 15th, and the next monthly availability date is July 6th, issue supplemental benefits for June no later than July 6th.