August 31, 2009

 

Food Stamp Program Guide (FSPG) Letter #544

 

 

Subject

HOMELESS HOUSEHOLDS AND THE USE OF AN ALTERNATE  ADDRESS

 

 

Effective Date

Upon receipt.

 

 

References

ACL I-06-00

 

 

Purpose

The purpose of this letter is to inform Human Services Specialists (HSSs) of the updates to Food Stamp Program Guide (FSPG) sections 63-152.5 “Homeless Households” and 63-303.1 “Notice of Actions – General Requirements”  

 

 

Background

As indicated in FSPG section 63-152.3, all applicants must meet the residency requirement to be eligible for food stamp benefits; and there is no requirement for the household to reside in a permanent residence or to have a fixed mailing address.

 

 

Clarification

Homeless Households and the Use of an Alternate Address.

Homeless households are not required to have a fixed address to pick up their food stamp benefits and correspondence.  Homeless households can choose to:

 

  • Pick up their notices, and EBT card at the Family Resource Center’s PO Box ; or
  • Use their own PO Box; or
  • Have an alternate address such as a church, shelter or friend’s house (A release of information can be requested to confirm the use of an alternate address but is not required unless questionable).

 

Note: If the Homeless household selects the office PO Box, the worker will follow County policy addressed in the Eligibility and Employment Operations Guide (EEOG) INFORMING NOTICE FOR HOMELESS APPLICANTS/RECIPIENTS (16-45 HHSA).”

 

 

Summary of Changes

FSPG 63-152.5 and 63-303.1 have been modified and loaded to the online Food Stamps Program Guide

 

FSPG Section

Title

Program Updates

63-152.5

Homeless Households

 

Added: "Homeless households are not required to have a fixed address to pick up their food stamp benefits and correspondence.  Homeless households can choose to:

 

  • Pick up their notices at the Family Resource Center’s PO Box; or
  • Use their own PO Box; or
  • Use an alternate address such as a church, shelter or friend’s house (A release of information can be requested to confirm the use of an alternate address but is not required unless questionable). 

 

Note: If the Homeless household selects to use the office PO Box, the worker will follow County policy addressed in Eligibility and Employment Operations Guide (EEOG) INFORMING NOTICE FOR HOMELESS APPLICANTS/RECIPIENTS(16-45 HHSA)

 

Workers will follow CalWORKs procedure for PAFS cases.

63-303.1

General Requirements

 

Added:  “Homeless households will be offered the choice to:

 

Use a mailing address or

Pick up their correspondence at the Family Resource Center (FRC).

 

For those households who choose not to use a mailing address, all NOA will be generated and automatically sent to the FRC’s PO Box.  Once the worker mails a timely and adequate NOA, it is the homeless household’s responsibility to pick up all NOA’s and correspondence at the FRC. 

 

 

Form/Imaging Impact

None

 

 

 

Program Impact

Separate letters will be issued for the Medi-Cal, CalWORKs and General Relief Programs.

The worker is to follow CalWORKs procedures for homeless PAFS cases.

 

 

Automation Impact

There is no automation impact functionality in CalWIN for CalWORKs (CW), General Relief (GR) or Cash Assistance program for Indigent (CAPI) programs.

 

 

Quality Assurance Impact

Quality Assurance will cite the appropriate error when the requirements in this material have not been followed.

 

 

 

Manager

Approval

Original signed 6/29/2009

 

 

Jaye Yoshonis, Assistant Deputy Director

Self-Sufficiency Programs

Strategic Planning and Operational Support

 

 

MB