STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
Division of Disability and Elder Services

          MEMO SERIES DCFS 2003-08 /Action
          MEMO SERIES DDE 2003-02 /Action
          April 14, 2003

     Re:   SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT - 
             2003 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    Updates Memo Series DCFS 2002-06/Action
    and Memo Series DSL 2002-03 /Action

To:

Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Section Chiefs/Licensing Chiefs

From:

Kitty Kocol
Administrator
Division of Children and Family Services

 

Sinikka McCabe
Administrator
Division of Disability and Elder Services

This memo states the eligibility categories and standards for the 2003 Social Services Block Grant.

The eligibility categories are:

  1. Recipients of Medical Assistance.

  2. Individuals with income at 75 percent or below the state’s median income. The income eligibility standard for all Social Services Block Grant services has been revised (Attachment A) to reflect the estimated 2003 median income for Wisconsin as published in the Federal Register.

  3. For child care services, families whose gross income is equal to or less than 165 percent of poverty. Families continue to be eligible up to 200 percent of poverty after initial eligibility at 165 percent of poverty. They must also meet the W-2 asset standard and cooperate with child support determination.

To determine child care eligibility for foster and court-ordered kinship care, the income and asset amounts of the children’s natural parent(s) must be determined. Natural parents are defined as the biological or adoptive parents of the children. The natural parent(s) must meet the $2,500 asset limit, the $10,000 vehicle exemption, and must have income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit (FPL).

  1. Counties shall continue to provide services funded by the Social Service Block Grant to "qualified aliens," as defined by Section 402(b) of the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act."

All other requirements stated in DCFS Numbered Memo 98-01 and DSL Numbered Memo 98-01 still apply.

 

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Area Administrators

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Paul Minkus
Division of Children and Family Services
(608) 266-8420

cc

County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators

 


ATTACHMENT A

WISCONSIN STATE MEDIAN INCOME CY 2003

100% Median Income = $66,725* (Family of Four)


FAMILY SIZE

INCOME LIMIT
YEARLY (75%)


MONTHLY (75%)

1

$26,022

$2,169

2

34,030

2,836

3

42,037

3,503

4

50,044

4,170

5

58,051

4,838

6

66,058

5,505

7

67,559

5,630

8

69,060

5,755

9

70,562

5,880

10

72,064

6,005

 

Gross monthly family income is defined as: money, wages or salary, net income from farm or non-farm self-employment, social security, dividends, interest (on savings or bonds), income from estates or trusts net rental income, royalties, public assistance or welfare payments, pensions and annuities, unemployment compensation, workers compensation, alimony, child support, and veterans' pensions. Funds or benefits not specified here are excluded from consideration as income. During service intake, persons need only declare their gross family income.

*Source US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

 


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