In the REF, SNAP, and TANF programs, a filing group is entitled to establish a “filing date” on the date a member of the group requests benefits. The “filing date” establishes:
The date for starting the application processing time frames.
The date from which some effective dates are determined.
In the REF and TANF programs, the “filing date” is established the date a signed request for benefits is received by the Department. The request must be a Department approved application that includes the applicant’s name, address, and signature.
In the SNAP program, the “filing date” is the date a signed request for benefits is received by the Department or by the Social Security Administration for filing groups applying in accordance with OAR 461-115-0150 (Offices Where Clients Apply). The request may be a Department-approved form or other method that includes the applicant’s name, address, and signature.