(a) The county department shall require households with earned or unearned income that are assigned six-month certification periods to report only changes in the amount of gross monthly income that result in their gross monthly income exceeding 130 percent of the monthly poverty income guideline for their household size.  The agency shall assign a certification period of six months to all households subject to semi-annual reporting requirements.  The following households are excluded from semi-annual reporting requirements:

(1)           Households that contain a homeless individual;

(2)           Households that contain a migrant;

(3)           Households that contain an Able-Bodied Adult Without a Dependent, as defined in 7 CFR 273.24;

(4)           Households whose only member(s) is/are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants or recipients who do not receive any other types of fluctuating income;

(5)           Households whose only income is stable Social Security Income and/or SSI;

(6)           Households with no income;

(7)           Households receiving transitional Food Stamp benefits; or

(8)           Any other household not subject to semi-annual reporting requirements as determined by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.

(b) Households with income and not excluded in Paragraph (a) of this Rule must not be required to report changes in household circumstances during the certification period for the following:

(1)           Changes in sources or amounts of gross monthly income unless the change results in the gross monthly income exceeding 130 percent of the monthly poverty income guideline for the household size;

(2)           Changes in household composition;

(3)           Changes in residence and the resulting change in shelter costs;

(4)           The acquisition of a licensed vehicle;

(5)           When cash on hand, stocks, bonds, and money in a bank account or savings institution reach or exceed a total of two thousand dollars ($2,000); and

(6)           Changes in the legal obligation to pay child support.

(c) The county agency must act on any change reported by such households that would increase benefits.  The county agency must not act on changes that would result in a decrease in benefits unless:

(1)           The household has voluntarily requested that its case be closed; or

(2)           The agency has received information about the household's circumstances from a provider who is the primary source of the information such as:

(A)          Beneficiary Data Exchange (BENDEX), from the Social Security Administration;

(B)          State Data Exchange (SDX), from the Social Security Administration;

(C)          Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE), from the Immigration and Naturalization Service;

(D)          Employment and Training (E&T) information, received from the Employment Security Commission; or

(E)           Intentional Program Disqualifications (IPV's), received from county Program Integrity staff.

(d) A copy of the CFR may be obtained by contacting the State Division of Social Services, Economic Independence Section, 2420 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-2420.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 108A-51: 143B-153; P.L. 107-171;

Temporary Adoption Eff. February 1, 2003;

Eff. August 1, 2004.