July 17, 2007



Food Stamp Program

Special Notice


CalWORKs Program

Special Notice








Effective Date

March 13, 2007



All County Information Notice (ACIN) NO. I-25-07



The purpose of this notice is to inform Human Service Specialists (HSS) of the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provided to individuals who have suffered job loss or endured unemployment because of the freeze in January of this year in California.



DUA became available March 13, 2007, after President Bush replied to a request from Governor Schwarzenegger to declare certain California counties disaster areas due to the freeze in January.  The President declared a major disaster in 16 counties in Central and Southern California: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura counties.


The DUA Program

The DUA program provides benefits of up to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks.  It covers individuals who have the legal right to work in the United States but are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, including but not limited to, individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits or individuals who are self-employed.


Treatment of DUA Income in the Food Stamp Program (FSP)

The unemployment assistance income derived from the DUA program is treated as excluded income when determining food stamp eligibility and benefit levels.  FSPG Section 63-254.10.



Treatment of DUA Income in CalWORKs

For CalWORKs purposes, earnings to individuals participating in disaster relief unemployment under DUA will not be considered income for purposes of determining CalWORKs eligibility and grant determination.  (MPP 44-111.6(i)


The CalWORKs Program Guide (CPG) will be updated shortly to include this information.


Identifying DUA Income

The HSS could determine whether a FSP or CalWORKs applicant or recipient is receiving DUA or regular unemployment insurance benefits (UIB) by accessing computer information through On-line Real Time EDD UI/DI.  The online system will show whether the applicant or recipient is receiving DUA, shown as “DUA” or UIB shown as “UI”.


Refer to CPG 44-100.O, for instructions to access On-line Real Time EDD UI/DI.


Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA Impact

Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) will cite the appropriate error when the regulation stated in this special notice is not applied or is applied incorrectly.


Assistant Deputy Directors

Original signed July 17, 2007



Dann Crawford

Food Stamp, Medi-Cal, General Relief, and CAPI Programs

Strategic Planning & Operational Support



Original signed July 17, 2007



Jaye Yoshonis

CalWORKs Program

Strategic Planning & Operational Support