Questions & Answers On Categorical Eligibility & Vehicles
This memo gives guidance on categorical eligibility for food stamps,
and new policies on vehicles as resources, under rules published on November
July 30, 2001
Subject: FSP - Questions and Answers Regarding Categorical Eligibility
and Vehicle Policies
To: All Regional Directors / Food Stamp Program
On November 21, 2000, we published a final rule entitled "Noncitizen
Eligibility and Certification Provisions of Public Law 104-193, as Amended
by Public Laws 104-208, 105-33, and 105-185". The rule contained
several provisions addressing issues related to categorical eligibility.
Although the categorical eligibility provisions of the rule primarily
codified procedures regarding categorical eligibility related to the receipt
of non-cash or in-kind benefits which had been disseminated via policy
memoranda prior to the rule, it did change some of those procedures. We
have recently received several inquiries regarding the impact of these
provisions. The issues, some of which were raised informally prior to
publication of the rule, are discussed in the attached question and answers.
Also attached, in question and answer format, are questions that we have
received regarding the handling of vehicles as resources.
To reflect changes in the categorical eligibility criteria mandated by
the November 21, 2000 rule, we are updating our list of State Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funded
programs that confer categorical eligibility. We are requesting that you
survey the States in your region regarding the State TANF/MOE funded programs
that will confer categorical eligibility. We are also requesting that
you survey the States in your region regarding their vehicle valuation
policies. Attached, for your reference, is a table containing the information
that we are requesting on State categorical eligibility programs and vehicle
valuation policies. Please provide us with the information on the States
in your region no later than September 1, 2001.
If you have any questions regarding categorical eligibility issues, please
contact Larry Tropp of my staff at (703) 305-2437. For questions regarding
vehicle issues, please contact John Busey at (703) 305-2532.
/S/ Arthur Foley
Arthur T. Foley
Program Development Division