Checkpoint: Eligibility Rules
Create a table comparing and contrasting the eligibility rules of two different agencies that offer the same type of program. Select one government agency and a private agency, or a faith-based agency. Write a brief summary of what you think the key differences are between the eligibility rules of the two agencies.
| Eligibility Requirements
| Food Stamp Program
| Eligibility is based on income (depending on the number of people in the house hold) Eligibility guidelines are set by the government. Assets and other income such as child support and disability are taken into consideration when determining eligibility. They perform an income test, households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance.
| WIC Program
| The State agency's income standard states that an applicant’s income level must be between 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, but cannot be more than 185 percent of the Federal poverty Guidelines.
The difference between the eligibility rules for these programs is the information obtained to determine an applicant’s eligibility. For the food stamp program the information requirements are very strict, if the applicant does not have all the information that is being requested than that applicant will not be eligible for any services. For instance general demographic information is collected as well as employment information, gross monthly income, certain bills the applicant has, assets as well as numerous other pieces of information including child support received as well as information pertaining to the absent parents. The requirements are stiff but well worth it in my own opinion. The requirement for food stamps is somewhat strict when compared to the Women, Infant and Children program (WIC).
The WIC program eligibility requirements are a bit more lenient and in fact...
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