Benefits CalFresh are provided to “households” on the basis of criteria specified in the regulations. The composition of your CalFresh household determines whose income is taken into account and the amount of benefits your household receives.
A CalFresh household may consist of a single person or group of people living together who buy food and prepare meals together.
CalFresh household members do not have to be related by blood. In some cases, a person living with other people who buys and prepares food separately may be considered a separate person CalFresh household. Even an “old and disabled” person, related or unrelated to other members of the household, may be considered a separate household.
There is no age requirement to receive benefits as an individual household. However, there are some age-based rules on household composition for people who cannot have separate households. Households with minor children (or specified children under age 19) who meet federal requirements TANF job requirements may qualify for a small supplementary benefit.
In order to avoid double aid, state agencies are required to carry out checks The main act of death and verify if the person has been in prison for more than 30 days.
These verifications are carried out during the application and recertification processes. However, minor children and one-person households who have undergone face-to-face interviews are exempt from the prisoner vetting requirement.
Can CalFresh be given to several people in a household?
It is possible for multiple CalFresh households to live together and this arrangement can lead to increased benefits for each household.
The criteria for whether people can form a group household is whether they buy food together and prepare meals together.
If a group meeting this criterion wants to split up into separate smaller groups and no specific requirement obliges them to stay in the same household, they can do so by buying or preparing food separately.
It is necessary to inform the county social worker that the larger primary group wishes to receive assistance as different, smaller groups.