The maximum allowable net income for all food stamp recipients has been increased, based on cost-of-living standards determined by the federal Office of Management and Budget.
The new income standards for households are: $360 a month for a family of one, $475 for two, $590 for three, $705 for four, $820 for five, $935 for six, $1,050 for seven, $1,165 for eight, 1,280 for nine and $1,395 for 10.
Due to a recent benefits increase, recipients of Supplemental Security Income and other Social Security recipients may receive an adjustment in their food stamp allotments. Notices have been sent to affected households. Anyone who believes the new allotment was computed inaccurately may request a hearing by calling the Fair Hearing Office at 724-5475.
A new complaint procedure for food stamp recipients also has been started. Clients may call the Food Stamp Hotline at 724-4354 weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. if they have a concern about the program. Comments will be referred to the Department of Human Services and recipients will be notified of the results of an investigation.
Complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, political beliefs, national origin or handicap should be directed to the Office of Inspection and Compliance, 673-6965.