Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Rule Rule 461-165-0060
Minimum Benefit Amount; REF, SNAP, TANF


In the SNAP program:


A benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750 (Benefit Group)) is not eligible for benefits in the initial month (see OAR 461-001-0000 (Definitions for Chapter 461)) if the allotment is less than $10.


Except as provided otherwise in section (1) of this rule and in OAR 461-160-0070 (Benefits for Less Than a Full Month), minimum benefits are determined as follows:


An eligible benefit group of one or two persons receives the monthly calculated benefit with a minimum monthly allotment of eight percent of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) (see OAR 461-155-0190 (Income and Payment Standards; SNAP and DSNAP)), rounded to the nearest whole dollar, for one person as determined annually by FNS.


An eligible benefit group of three or more persons receives the monthly calculated benefit, except that a group whose calculated benefit is $1, $3, or $5 receives instead an allotment of $2, $4, or $6 respectively. A benefit group in a categorically eligible filing group may be eligible for zero benefits ($0) for the certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000 (Definitions for Chapter 461)).


In the REF and TANF programs, except as provided in section (3) of this rule, benefits are not issued if the monthly benefit is less than $10. Individuals who do not receive a cash payment because the monthly benefit is less than $10 may be eligible for medical benefits.


The $10 requirement in section (2) of this rule does not apply to any of the following:


Special payments, such as one-time special needs, emergency assistance, supplements, or a benefit reduced from $10 or more to under $10 due to the recovery of an overpayment.


Dual payee payments made in money management cases if the monthly benefit amount is $10 or more.


Wage supplements issued to JOBS Plus participants.

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