Arizona Income Guidelines for Food Stamps

In Arizona, the food stamps department is called nutrition assistance.

The state of Arizona's, the food stamps department is now referred to as Nutrition Assistance. Guidelines for nutrition assistance or food stamp are determined by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The amount of income and other resources such as funds you have in savings or checking accounts as well as the value of your vehicle will factor into the decision as to whether you qualify.

Resources

Cars may be considered a resource that will count towards your income.

Households are not allowed to have resources, such as bank accounts and vehicles above $2,000 unless one of the individuals of the household is over 60 or disabled; in which case, the resources may be up to $3,000.

Licensed vehicles are considered as a resource unless the vehicle is used for (1) the purpose of obtaining an income (not a daily commute), (2) used for long distance travel while working (again, not for the commute), (3) used as a home, (4) used for disabled individuals, (5) if the vehicle carries the household water or fuel, or (6) if the household does not have much invested in the vehicle and it would bring no more than $1,500 if the vehicle was sold. The fair market value of the vehicle is counted as a resource if the vehicle is worth more $4,650. The amount that is counted as a resource will be either the $4,650 or the equity value, whichever is the higher value.

Your home and lot is not counted as a resource. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and most retirement (pension) plans do not count as resources.

Gross Income Test

Household income is based on gross income and net income tests.

The number of members in your household and the gross and net amount earned determine your eligibility. The gross income test is required for most households with a few exceptions. Families that have all members on TANF, SSI or other general assistance may not have to meet income tests. If a household has an elderly or disabled individual (not all disabilities qualify), that household may only need to meet the net income test. Gross income refers to the amount of income a household has before any deductions have been made.

If you have one person in your household, you may qualify for assistance if your gross monthly income is below $1,174. If you have two people, you gross monthly income must be below $1,579. Three people must be under $1,984. Four people should be under $2,389. Five must be $2,794. Six people should make less than $3,200 monthly. Seven people may not make more than $3,605. Eight people may not make more than $4,010. For each additional member of the household, you may add $406 to the monthly gross income.

Net Income Test

Your mortgage or rent payment is considered an allowable deduction when figuring net income.

Net income refers to the total amount earned once allowable deductions have been subtracted from the gross income. Deductions that are allowed are 20 percentof earned income, $141 for households with no more than three people, and $153 for four individuals per household. Additionally, dependent care expenses if the member was working, going to school or other training, monthly medical expenses above $35 for the elderly or disabled provided the amount was paid by the elderly or disabled, and child support payments as per court order. Any amount above those listed does not count as an allowable deduction.

Homes that have excess costs that consume more than half of the household's income may be deducted. Fuel for cooking and heat, electricity, water, rent or mortgage payments and taxes are also allowable deductions. A basic fee for one telephone is also permitted as a deduction. The shelter deduction must be less than $459 unless one individual is either disabled or elderly.

If you have one person in your household, you may qualify for assistance if your net monthly income is below $903. If you have two people, you net monthly income must be below $1,215. Three people must be under $1,526. Four people should be under $.1,838 Five must be $2,150. Six people should make less than $2,461 monthly. Seven people may not make more than $2,773. Eight people may not make more than $3,085. For each additional member of the household, you may add $312 to the monthly net income.

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