Release 81:  Effective April 1, 2016

Job Participation Incentive -
C.  Financial Eligibility


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  1. Requirements
  2. To be enrolled in the Job Participation Incentive (JPI), a client must continue to meet SNAP financial eligibility. If a client is making more than the categorical eligibility limit, they become ineligible for benefits (see OARs 461-135-0505 and 461-155-0180.

  3. Resource and resource limits
  4. JPI clients do not need to meet resource or resource limit requirements. They should be considered categorically eligible for SNAP.

    Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive Rule
    461-135-1260 — Specific Requirements; Job Participation Incentive

  5. JPI income and payment standards
  6. Clients must submit employer verified hours worked for a two-consecutive-week period. Eligible clients will receive a $10 JPI food benefit each month as long as they continue to meet SNAP eligibility requirements and enrollment criteria for JPI.

  7. Calculating hours for JPI, JP2, J82
  8. Guidance on calculations in the following situations:

    Contracted/Piecework – Hours are determined using the monthly gross income and dividing it by the Oregon minimum wage and 4.3 weeks in a month.

    Commission – When we do not have proof of hours for commission, take total amount received and divide by the Oregon minimum wage and 4.3 (if received monthly) 2.15 or 2, etc.

    S-Corporations A Subchapter S-corporation is incorporated under Chapter S of the Internal Revenue code. Each shareholder is responsible to file his or her own taxes on the profits the corporation distributes. For example, a law firm or other partnership may incorporate their business under Chapter S. Owners or shareholders of a company are NOT self- employed and the profits distributed to shareholders of a S-Corporation are therefore not divided by minimum wage to obtain hours worked. Applicants/recipients must provide documentation of work hours (paystubs w/hours, employer contact, etc.)

    Self-Employment; General Rule
    461-145-0910 — Self-Employment; General

    Corporations and Business Entities; Income and Resources Rule
    461-145-0088 — Corporations and Business Entities; Income and Resources

    Salary Income from salaried positions needs to have hours worked identified. We need verification of hours worked for salaried jobs. Applicants/recipients must provide documentation of work hours (paystubs w/hours, employer contact, etc.) Do they keep track of their schedule or have employment information that confirms hours?

    NOTE
      WAGE screen cannot be used as a current primary source of verification of hours worked, but if the client has current salary verification and reports thesame job and hours as prior work qu arters, then the hours from WAGE can be used to determine weekly work hours. Narrate, Narrate, Narrate!

  9. Program benefits
  10. JPI payments are treated as follows:

    Program Benefits Rule
    461-145-0410 — Program Benefits

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