63-242 Households with Military Pay and Special Allowances

 

Table of Content

 

Section

Military Pay

242.1

Military Personnel Receiving Free Housing and Utilities

242.2

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

242.3

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63-242.1
Military Pay

Military personnel are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.  If the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, the paycheck is issued on the last preceding work day (last working day of the month), which means the check is received in the month prior to which it was intended to be issued.

·         A check stub indicating gross pay is not attached to the paycheck received on the fifteenth;

·         The check stub is attached to the paycheck received on the first of the month.  This check stub shows both, the fifteenth and the first of the month total gross and net income and deductions.

In months where a paycheck is received on the last working day of a month (because the first is a holiday or falls on a weekend) that check is treated as if it were received on the first of the following month.

Example:  A military household receives a paycheck on April 29 because May 1, 2011, is a Sunday.  This will not count as April’s income for CalFresh.  It will count as May 2011 income; as if it is actually received on May 1, 2011.

ALLOWANCES

Military personnel may receive several types of cash allowances in addition to their basic pay.  Among these are:

·         Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH),

·         Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS),

·         Clothing Maintenance Allowance (CMA)

·         Combat Pay and Hardship Duty Pay (HDP)

·         Family Separation Allowance (FSA)

·         Variable Housing Allowance (VHA), etc.

All special allowances showing in the “Entitlement” or “ENT” section of the “Leave and Earnings Statement” (LES) will be considered earned income with the exception of:

·         The Clothing Maintenance Allowance (CMA).  The CMA is treated as a reimbursement and the entire allowance listed is excluded; and

·         Combat Pay (including Hardship Duty Pay).  Refer to Section 63-224.17 for Combat Pay information.

 

 

63- 242.2
Military Personnel Receiving Free Housing and Utilities

If this military household receives free housing and utilities, the household will not receive any deduction for housing or utility costs.

If a military household has a direct housing and/or utility cost, these costs will be treated the same as a non-military household with housing/utility costs. 

 

63-242.3 
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

With some exceptions, a member of a uniformed service who is entitled to basic pay is entitled to a BAH allowance.  Usually, a member of a uniformed service who is assigned to quarters of the United States or a housing facility under the jurisdiction of a uniformed service is not entitled to BAH.

The BAH could be paid as follows:

·         Included in the pay check (once a month) with basic pay;

·         A person living on base receiving BAH but having:

o   an equivalent sum deducted from the monthly wage to pay for housing;

o   only a portion of the BAH deducted to pay for substandard housing;

·         The BAH included as an entitlement then deducted as a “discretionary allotment” as the military is now contracting out property management responsibilities.

In all instances, the BAH will be considered earned income to CalFresh.  BAH is considered legally obligated and otherwise payable to the household.  Therefore, as explained in Section 63-223.11, money legally obligated and otherwise payable to the household which is diverted by the provider of the payment to a third party for a household expense, will be counted as earned income.

NOTE:  A household, in which a sum is deducted from the monthly wage to pay for housing, or a portion of BAH deducted to pay for substandard housing, may be eligible for a shelter deduction for the payment for housing shown on the Leave and Earnings Statement.

ACIN I-79-03 EII