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File #: 21-720    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/10/2021 Departments: HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
On agenda: 9/14/2021 Final action: 9/14/2021
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing modification to the rules and regulations of the General Assistance (GA) Program administration by: A) Authorizing the use of CalWORKs rules in the absence of GA guidance; and B) Establishing new property limits, which include: (1) combining personal and real property as countable property; (2) increasing the property limit to be double the GA grant amount; (3) exempting one vehicle and additional vehicles with a combined equity value below four times the GA grant amount; and (4) exempting a primary residence with an equity value up to $100,000; and C) Allowing for restoration of aid when a QR-7 report is submitted in the month following discontinuance, which aligns with other Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) programs; and D) Allowing for the Beginning Date of Aid (BDOA) to be the date of application and eliminating the requirement that states the BDOA is the first of the month following the date of application if verification/information is provided o...
Attachments: 1. 20210914_r_GA Modifications A-O.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Ken Cole, Director, Human Services Agency
Subject: Modification to the General Assistance Program Rules and Regulations

RECOMMENDATION:
title
Adopt a resolution authorizing modification to the rules and regulations of the General Assistance (GA) Program administration by:

A) Authorizing the use of CalWORKs rules in the absence of GA guidance; and

B) Establishing new property limits, which include: (1) combining personal and real property as countable property; (2) increasing the property limit to be double the GA grant amount; (3) exempting one vehicle and additional vehicles with a combined equity value below four times the GA grant amount; and (4) exempting a primary residence with an equity value up to $100,000; and

C) Allowing for restoration of aid when a QR-7 report is submitted in the month following discontinuance, which aligns with other Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) programs; and

D) Allowing for the Beginning Date of Aid (BDOA) to be the date of application and eliminating the requirement that states the BDOA is the first of the month following the date of application if verification/information is provided outside of the application month, but within processing time frames, which aligns with other ESS programs; and

E) Allowing for the alignment with the CalFresh program rules regarding earned income deductions and eliminating the provision that states to subtract certain work-related expenses to determine the amount of net income; and

F) Allowing the option for GA interviews to be conducted via telephone or other electronic means and eliminating the provision that states interviews must be conducted in-person, unless an in-person interview is requested by the applicant, which aligns with other ESS programs; and

G) Allowing the option for the acceptance of telephonic/electronic signatures for GA forms/documents, which align...

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