What Are the Income Requirements for the CalFresh Program?


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The maximum gross income for a CalFresh household is 200 percent of the federal poverty level and the maximum net income is 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Households made up of people over age 60 or disabled people are exempt from the income determination tests, as of 2015.

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Sanctioned household or households with intentional program violation convictions are exceptions to this rule. The program deducts earned income by 20 percent when calculating income, and there is a standard deduction based on the number of people in a household. The calculation also considers deductions for excess shelter, standard and limited utilities, telephone expenses, dependent care and medical expenses. Non-monetary benefits, vendor payments, deferred student loans, grants and scholarships, and cash donations less than $300 per quarter are exempt.

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