461-160-0400    Effective 01/01/19
Use of Income to Determine Eligibility and Benefits; SNAP

In the SNAP program, the countable income (see OAR 461-140-0010) and adjusted income (see OAR 461-001-0000) of the financial group (see OAR 461-110-0530) are used to determine eligibility for SNAP benefits and the benefit level in three steps:

  1. Step one: The countable income of the financial group is compared to the need group's countable income limit in OAR 461-155-0190. If the income equals or exceeds the limit, the need group (see OAR 461-110-0630) is ineligible for SNAP benefits. A financial group that is categorically eligible (see OAR 461-135-0505) for SNAP benefits or that includes a client who is elderly (see OAR 461-001-0015) or has a disability (see OAR 461-001-0015) need not pass this step.

  2. Step two: If the need group is not ineligible under step one, the adjusted income of the financial group is compared to the need group's adjusted income limit (see OAR 461-155-0190). If the income equals or exceeds the limit, the filing group -- except one that is categorically eligible for SNAP benefits -- is ineligible for SNAP benefits. If the adjusted income is less than the limit, the need group meets the income standard for the SNAP program.

  3. Step three: The benefit level for an eligible benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750) is determined as follows --- adjusted income is multiplied by 30 percent, and the product is rounded to the next higher dollar. The result is subtracted from the benefit group’s payment standard (see OAR 461-155-0190). The remainder is the benefit amount.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 409.050, 411.816
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 409.010, 411.816, 7 CFR 273.1, 7 CFR 273.10

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