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haven't melted yet but I'm working on it.
Today I remembered that the sunroom has a small wall-mounted AC unit. Poor old broken kitty was miserable looking so I shut up the sun room and turned it on. Now I'm hanging out with him as the room slowly makes its way toward a comfortableish temperature. Sometime today, I need to go the store for cat food. And to another store to get root beer for my gma.

Ugh. Just got off the phone with person interviewing me about food assistance. I answered her questions truthfully. Not expecting to get any help. They want me to account for all the money that got my bills paid last month. Notes from family/friends and estimates on how much they gave me. Easier said than done, since sometimes people just pay for things. Putting gas in my car, buying me something at the store. I don't really know how I got everything paid this month. It was hard and some of it wasn't on time. And I have no way of paying anything next month. So it's hard to report income when I don't have anything steady or guaranteed.

I'll try but I don't have high expectations here. Especially since they asked me about checking and savings accounts. I knew right then it was probably a no go. I was told they didn't check. I figured they would.
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hellomokona From: hellomokona Date: July 22nd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't take it personally and don't give up! You would not believe the crap people try to pull. Just answer as honestly as you can. Because that assistance is based on income (200% of the poverty level) asking for tatement of support is very common. People "forget" about jobs, pensions, retirement funds all the time. When the caseworker sees deposits in a bank account, they need to know where it came from. If you have all these expenses, how are you meeting your needs. By answering honestly, you are showing her you're not.

Write a statement for people to sign, saying they loaned or gifted you an amount to pay such and such bill or they helped out out on a one-time basis by buying you groceries or something. If it helps, look at your bank statment and go line by line so there aren't any deposits or large bills paid that are unaccounted for. If you told her you are self-employed, then she needs to determine what is a gift/loan or genuine income.

There is not an asset test for food assistance, but the caseworker is covering all the bases. If you do not provide something, they can find it, so better not to leave anything off.

If you have 0 income, the max you can receive is $200. It lowers for how much income you earn. The max income for one person in the household is $1806 per month.
hellomokona From: hellomokona Date: July 22nd, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You aren't on anyone else's account jointly though, I hope?
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: July 22nd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I have the account that Mary is on that has the me, Mary, Mikale money in it that I can't spend. So it's there, making my life difficult, but I live as though it's not.

And they didn't ask about most of the bills I actually have. So will they care how I paid them?

All she seemed to want me to account for was the $200/month I had down on my application as monthly business expenses.

My actual bills are closer to $1000/month but for stuff that they didn't seem to care about. All they asked about was housing expenses and child care, neither of which do I have. Right now anyway.

hellomokona From: hellomokona Date: July 22nd, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends. Did she ask you to provide bank statements or just asked if you had any of those types of accounts?

Oh, I thought in your first post you were talking about ALL your bills and how they were paid. $200 is a lot easier than all of them! On one hand it is better to explain everything in a basic way so that there is no question or doubts of what is income or not. If your worker is only looking for a certain thing, then that is obviously much easier. If she is asking for a copy of your bank statements, then it would be proactive to give a general overview of other deposits. If not, then give her what she asked for.

The new program they use to enter the applications into the system is laid out exactly like that behemoth of an application you filled out (not sure if you did the paper version or online). They don't really have the option to put in every expense and most are not counted as deductions anyway since they are "non-essential".

But in order to cover those bills that your caseworker and the application did not ask about, you probably still had some money that was deposited to cover them. So that's where I was coming from... to make sure you don't get any more questions from her and that it is not counted as "income" for you.

It also depends on the worker. Some are crazy and nitpicky, others just don't care! :) Some apply you for everything as a general measure (Medicaid, Plan First, etc).

It is highly doubtful that you would be flat out denied, but you still want to try for the maximum amount that you are entitled to.
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: July 22nd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think she was the caseworker. She mentioned me letting my caseworker know certain things within 10 days blah blah blah. So I don't know who she was.

She asked me if I had a checking account and an estimate of how much was in it and if I have a savings account and how much it contains.
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