The Rights of the Disabled When Applying for Food Stamps in Ohio

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    Receiving Benefits

    • If qualified, you will receive the Ohio Direction Card. This card come preloaded with the monthly benefits. You can use the card anywhere that accepts electronic benefit transfers, including most grocery stores. You can purchase most food items. However, you cannot purchase items served hot that you would typically eat in the store. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculates that a household spends 30 percent of its income on food. Therefore, to calculate your benefits, a caseworker will multiply your monthly income by 30 percent and round the number to the nearest dollar, according to the USDA. Each household has a maximum benefit amount based on household size.


    • You must pass an income test to qualify for assistance. Income levels vary depending on the size of your household. For example, according to the USDA, a family of four can have a gross monthly income of as much as $ 2,389 and a net monthly income of $ 1,838. However, if you receive Supplemental Security Income due to disability, you only need to pass the net income test.


    • Families must have limited personal resources to qualify for food stamps. Resources come from bank accounts, cash you have on hand and some personal property, such as your vehicle. However, the program does not count vehicles used to transport the disabled as a resource. According to the USDA, the disabled can have up to $3,000 in personal resources. However, if you receive Supplemental Security Income due to disability, your resources do not count and your caseworker will skip this portion of the qualifications.


    • If your income exceeds the total allowed, you may still qualify for food stamps through deductions. The USDA offers a standard deduction for every applicant. You can also receive deductions for child support payments and large shelter costs. As a disabled person, you can receive a deduction for your medical expenses. According to the USDA, you can deduct the cost of any medical expense greater than $35, providing you pay for this cost yourself.

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