461-135-0505    Effective 04/01/20
Categorical Eligibility for SNAP

  1. Except as provided under sections (2) and (3) of this rule, an individual is categorically eligible for SNAP benefits if the individual has countable income (see OAR 461-140-0010) less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level (see OAR 461-155-0180) and:

    1. Receives or is authorized to receive GA or SSI benefits;
    2. Is deemed to be receiving SSI under Section 1619(a) or 1619(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1382h(a) or (b)); or

    3. Receives or is authorized to receive cash, in-kind benefits, or services funded either under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act or by the state as part of the TANF maintenance of effort, which includes:

      1. A pamphlet about Information and Referral Services;
      2. Employment Related Day Care (ERDC);
      3. Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance; and
      4. TANF-related programs:

        1. Pre-TANF,
        2. TA-DVS,
        3. TANF-JOBS Plus,
        4. Housing Stabilization Program through Housing and Community Services; and
        5. Employment Payments.

  2. An individual may not be categorically eligible for SNAP benefits in either of the following circumstances:

    1. The individual is disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits because of an intentional program violation.
    2. The individual is a primary person (see OAR 461-001-0015) disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for failure to comply with a SNAP employment and training requirement under OAR 461-130-0315.
  3. A filing group (see OAR 461-110-0530) may not be categorically eligible for SNAP benefits in either of the following circumstances:

    1. The filing group has liquid assets from lottery or gambling winnings equal to or in excess of the resource limit listed in OAR 461-160-0015(7)(a). For the purposes of this rule, liquid assets are assets that are easily accessible and do not need to be sold to access their value.
    2. An applicant filing group that lost SNAP eligibility due to receipt of lottery or gambling winnings as described under (3)(a) of this rule.
  4. For an entire filing group to be categorically eligible for SNAP benefits, it must contain only clients who are categorically eligible. For the purpose of determining who is categorically eligible for SNAP benefits, in the ERDC and TA-DVS programs all members of the filing group are considered receiving the benefits of the program even if not all members receive the benefit. The receipt of the Information and Referral services pamphlet by an individual is considered received by the entire filing group.

  5. A filing group that is eligible for transition services or the TA-DVS program is considered receiving benefits for the entire period of eligibility even if benefits are not received during each month of that period.

  6. An individual categorically eligible for the SNAP program is presumed to meet the eligibility requirements for resources and countable and adjusted income limits. The individual is also presumed to meet the requirements for a social security number, sponsored alien information, and residency, if verified in a public assistance or medical assistance program.

  7. When a filing group contains both members who are categorically eligible for SNAP benefits and those who are not, a resource owned in whole or in part by a categorically eligible member is excluded.

  8. A filing group that has lost categorical eligibility due to lottery or gambling winnings under section (3) of this rule may not have eligibility (see OAR 461-001-0000) determined under categorical eligibility rules until they meet the following SNAP asset limits:

    1. Resource limit listed under OAR 461-160-0015(7)(a),
    2. Countable income limit listed under OAR 461-155-0190, and
    3. Adjusted income limit listed under OAR 461-155-0190.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 411.816
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 411.816, 7 CFR 273.11

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