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Food Stamps Resource Test - Iowa

To get food stamps, households must meet certain resource tests. Dollar amounts discussed below are subject to change each Federal budget year.

NOTE: The Resource Limits are contained in the Desk Aid for Benefit Eligibility. If you are connected to the Internet, you can click here to see the Desk Aid on-line.

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Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account. Households may have $3,000 if at least one person is age 60 or older. Certain resources are not counted, such as a the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or benefits from the Family Investment Program (FIP), or general assistance.

Some resources that will not be counted are:

     Your home and surrounding lot,

     Household goods and personal belongings, and

     Life insurance policies.

Examples of resources that will be counted are:

     Cash and money in checking and savings accounts;

     Stocks and bonds; and

     Land and buildings, other than your home and lot, that do not produce income.

(Proof: Bank books, bank statements, and other documents.)

Licensed vehicles are handled as follows:

Vehicles are NOT counted if they are:

           Used over 50 percent of the time for income-producing purposes,

           Annually producing income consistent with their fair market value,

           Needed for long distance travel for work (other than daily commute),

           Used as the home,

           Needed to transport a physically disabled household member, or

           Needed to carry most of the household's fuel or water.

For the following licensed vehicles, the fair market value over $4,650 is counted as a resource:

           One per household, and

           Vehicles used for work, training, or education to prepare for work, or to seek work in accordance with the food stamp employment and training requirements.

For all other vehicles, the fair market value over $4,650 or the equity value, whichever is more, is counted as a resource:

See Also:

           Food Stamp Eligibility

           Food Stamp Benefit Levels

           Food Stamps Rights and Responsibilities

           Food Stamps and Work

     Iowa Food Stamp Program Overview

     Welcome and Introduction to Iowa Benefits

Source: Iowa Dept of Human Services Employees Manual

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                                        Chapter D, Resources


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