461-135-1260    Effective 04/01/21
Specific Requirements: Job Participation Incentive

  1. This rule explains specific requirements of the Job Participation Incentive (JPI). The JPI food benefit provides $10 per month for qualifying SNAP households with a dependent child (see OAR 461-001-0000) under age 18.

  2. An individual eligible for JPI may receive a $10 monthly food benefit.

    1. The individual receives the $10 incentive payment starting the month the Department receives documentation that all enrollment criteria in section (3) of this rule have been met.

    2. There are no partial months of JPI benefits.

    3. The individual may only be issued retroactive JPI benefits as allowed under OAR 461-180-0130.

  3. As used in this rule, a "two-parent household" refers to a SNAP household group (see OAR 461-110-0210) that contains a dependent child under age 18 and the dependent child's two parents.

  4. To receive JPI, an individual must be in a SNAP filing group (see OAR 461-110-0370) and meet the requirements of all of the following subsections:

    1. Be working at an unsubsidized paid employment that meets the federally required participation rates (see OAR 461-001-0025). For self-employment or piece rate work, the hours of work must be equivalent to the required average weekly hours at Oregon State minimum wage. An individual must meet the requirements of at least one of the following paragraphs:

      1. Be a single parent (see OAR 461-001-0000) of a dependent child under six years of age and working at an unsubsidized paid employment for an average of at least 20 weekly hours.

      2. Be a single parent of a dependent child at least six years of age and under 18 years of age, and working at an unsubsidized paid employment for an average of at least 30 weekly hours.

      3. Be a parent in a two-parent household (see section (3) of this rule) that does not receive federally-funded child care assistance, and the parents are working at unsubsidized paid employment for a combined average of at least 35 hours per week.

      4. Be a parent in a two-parent household that receives federally-funded child care assistance and the parents are working at unsubsidized paid employment for a combined average of 55 hours per week.

    2. Provide the Department with employer-produced documents of paid, unsubsidized work hours covering a consecutive two-week period that has occurred within the last 60 days.

    3. Anticipate weekly employment hours will remain the same or increase for the reporting period.

    4. Provide employer-produced documents of paid, unsubsidized work hours each time requested by the Department and no later than the last day of the sixth month following the date the client provides the verification of work hours in accordance with subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

    5. Be an eligible adult in a SNAP benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) and the parent of an eligible dependent child under age 18 in the same SNAP benefit group.

    6. Not be receiving any SFPSS or TANF program benefits in the same month.

  5. To remain eligible for JPI, a client must:

    1. Meet all SNAP eligibility and reporting requirements (see OAR 461-170-0011); and

    2. Meet all requirements in section (4) of this rule at the time of the interim change report and at the time of the recertification of SNAP benefits.

  6. Household income in JPI is calculated in accordance with all SNAP financial rules.

  7. A client is no longer eligible for JPI when it has been determined that the client does not meet federally required participation rates and requirements due to any of the following:

    1. Loss of employment.

    2. A reduction in work hours.

    3. The client no longer has a dependent child under age 18 in their SNAP benefit group.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 412.049
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.060, 411.070, 412.049

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