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CalFresh Handbook Updates
2015
pdf Update 15-06: CF 37: New Form for the Recertification (RC) of Nonassistance CalFresh (NACF)
pdf Update 15-05: Income Reporting Threshold (IRT) for the CalFresh Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) Households
pdf Update 15-04: End of Recertification Interview Waiver for Elderly and Disabled Households
pdf Update 15-03: Revised Forms: AR 3, SAR 3, SAR 7, SAR 7A, SAWS 2A SAR, CW 8, CW 8A
pdf Update 15-02: CalFresh Supplemental Form for Special Medical Deductions (CF 31)
pdf Update 15-01: Changes in Eligibility for Individuals with a Prior Felony Drug Conviction
2014
pdf Update 14-14: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) System Questions and Answers (Q&A)
pdf Update 14-13: Additional State Utility Assistance Subsidy (SUAS) Program Guidance
pdf Update 14-12: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Statewide Waiver for FFY 2015
pdf Update 14-11: Resource Limit Changes for Non-Assistance CalFresh Households
pdf Update 14-10: Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE)
pdf Update 14-09: Establishing Overissuance Claims
pdf Update 14-08: State Utility Assistance Subsidy
pdf Update 14-07: Work Incentive Nutritional Supplement (WINS) Program
pdf Update 14-06: Changes to the "Heat and Eat" (LIHEAP) Program
pdf Update 14-05: Adding or Deleting a Person (Chapter 13)
pdf Update 14-04: Erratum to CalFresh Update #2013-6
pdf Update 14-03: New "Reminder Letter" for Incomplete Semi-Annual Reports (SAR 90)
pdf Update 14-02: Verification of Dependent Care Expenses in CalFresh
pdf Update 14-01: CalFresh Categorical Eligibility for Medi-Cal
2013
pdf Update 13-17: Revised SAWS Application Forms
pdf Update 13-16: CalFresh Administrative Error Overissuances
pdf Update 13-15: Intercounty Transfer (ICT)
pdf Update 13-14: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 13-13: Transitional CalFresh Eligibility Exclusions
pdf Update 13-12: Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 402
pdf Update 13-11: Homeless Youth
pdf Update 13-10: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Statewide Waiver for FFY 2014
pdf Update 13-09: New and Revised Forms for the Semi-Annual Reporting System
pdf Update 13-08: Clarification to CalFresh Update 2012-17 Modified Categorical Eligibility
pdf Update 13-07: Waiving The Recertification Interview for Non-Assistance Elderly or Disabled Households with No Earnings
pdf Update 13-06: Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR) Implementation
pdf Update 13-05: Erratum to CalFresh Update 2011-05 Sponsor Deeming, Indigent Noncitizen Determination & Sponsor Income Verification
pdf Update 13-04: Overview of Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)
pdf Update 13-03: Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)/Heat and Eat Program for Homeless Households
pdf Update 13-02: The Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) System Questions and Answers
pdf Update 13-01: Regulation Changes on Expedited Service (ES)
2012
pdf Update 12-17: Clarification of CalFresh Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE)
pdf Update 12-16: Implementation of the Heat and Eat program for CalFresh (LIHEAP)
pdf Update 12-15: Supplementary Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Recipients in Suspended Status and Eligibility to CalFresh
pdf Update 12-14: CalFresh Households with an Elderly/Disabled Member as Change Reporting Households
pdf Update 12-13: Annual Reporting/Child Only (AR/CO) System
pdf Update 12-12: Verification Requirements
pdf Update 12-11: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)Statewide Waiver for FFY 2013
pdf Update 12-10: Restoration of Eligibility and Benefits for CalFresh
pdf Update 12-09: Subject: Lopez vs. Wagner Settlement Agreement- Intentional Program Violations
pdf Update 12-08: CalFresh Trafficking Violations
pdf Update 12-07: Expedited Services (ES) Policies and Procedures
pdf Update 12-06: CalFresh Application Process for Foster Youth
pdf Update 12-05: Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)
pdf Update 12-04: Sanction Policy Period for Refusal to Cooperate in a Quality Control Review
pdf Update 12-03: Treatment of Child Support Exclusion
pdf Update 12-02: Treatment of Refugee Reception and Placement (R&P) Income & Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) Payments
pdf Update 12-01: Handbook Revision - Clarification of Non-Citizen Categories
2011
pdf Update 11-15: Discontinuance of the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) Requirement for the CalFresh Program
pdf Update 11-14: Transitional CalFresh Recertification Process
pdf Update 11-13: Restaurant Meals Program
pdf Update 11-12: Disaster CalFresh Program
pdf Update 11-11: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)Statewide Waiver for FFY 2012
pdf Update 11-10: Clarifications and Reminders for CalFresh Expedited Services and Application Processing
pdf Update 11-09: CalFresh Applications for Residents of Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Treatment Centers
pdf Update 11-08: CalFresh Regulation Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 11-07: Implementation of Inter-County Transfer (ICT) for CalFresh
pdf Update 11-06: Clarification to Student Earnings
pdf Update 11-05: Sponsor Deeming, Indigent Noncitizen Determination & Sponsor Income Verification
pdf Update 11-04: "Food Stamp Work Registration" (SCD 1404) is Obsolete
pdf Update 11-03: Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans
pdf Update 11-02: Expansion of Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE)
pdf Update 11-01: College Students
2010
pdf Update 10-25: Implementation of the Renaming of the Food Stamp Program to CalFresh
pdf Update 10-24: Elimination of CalFresh Sanctions for Noncompliance with Substitute Program Work Requirements
pdf Update 10-23: CalFresh Questions and Answers (Q&A)
pdf Update 10-22: Elimination of the Eight-Month Limit for Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrants
pdf Update 10-21: Treatment of Child Support Payment
pdf Update 10-20: Restoration of Eligibility and Benefits Waiver
pdf Update 10-19: Change Reporting Households
pdf Update 10-18: Errata to Update 2010-4, Food Stamp Questions & Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 10-17: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Intake for Food Stamp Households - Revised
pdf Update 10-16: Statewide Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 10-15: Cal Success Sunset Effective June 30, 2010
pdf Update 10-14: Informing the Homeless of Food Stamp (FS) Availability
pdf Update 10-13: Errata to Food Stamps Update 2009-12, Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE) fir the Food Stamp Program (FSP)
pdf Update 10-12: Non-financial Overissuances
pdf Update 10-11: Whereabouts Unknown
pdf Update 10-10: Application Processing Time
pdf Update 10-09: Exclusion From Income and Resources/Payments to Certain Filipino World War II Veterans
pdf Update 10-08: Budgeting Expenses for Quarterly Reporting (QR) Households
pdf Update 10-07: Treatment of $25 Supplemental Unemployment Insurnce Benefit
pdf Update 10-06: Combined Administrative and Inadvertent Household Error Overissuances
pdf Update 10-05: Cal Success
pdf Update 10-04: Food Stamp Questions and Answers (Q&As)
pdf Update 10-03: Institutions of Higher Eduation - 2009/10 School Year
pdf Update 10-02: Institutional Residents General Affidavit - Authorized Representative (SCD 101 AR)
pdf Update 10-01: Change Reporting (CR) Households -Verification Required When There is a Change
2009
pdf Update 09-18: Food Stamp Outreach Applications
pdf Update 09-17: Claim Determination Worksheet (DFA 842)
pdf Update 09-16: Food Stamp Questions and Answers (Q & As)
pdf Update 09-15: Institutional Residents - Drug and Alcohol Facilities
pdf Update 09-14: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-13: Food Stamp Application Process for Youth Who are "Aging-out" of Foster Care
pdf Update 09-12: Modified Categorical Eligibility (MCE) for the Food Stamp Program (FSP) Revised 5/28/10
pdf Update 09-11: Tax Preferred Retirement Accounts
pdf Update 09-10: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Recertification Questions (Q.) and Answers (A.)
pdf Update 09-09: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Update # 09-08
pdf Update 09-08: Expedited Services Triage Process
pdf Update 09-07: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus Act of 2009) - Revised
pdf Update 09-06: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-05: Waiver of the Face-to-Face Interview at Recertification
pdf Update 09-04: Recertifications for QR/PB Households
pdf Update 09-03: Parole for Cuban Medical Personnel in Third World Countries
pdf Update 09-02: Chapter 29 Changes - Institutional Residents
pdf Update 09-01: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #1
2008
pdf Update 08-19: Interview Requirements at Recertification
pdf Update 08-18: Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqi and Afghan Individuals
pdf Update 08-17: Institutions of Higher Education - 2008/09 School Year
pdf Update 08-16: Statewide Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 08-15: Food Stamps Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Food Stamp Update #08-12
pdf Update 08-14: 2009 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) COLA and Farm Bill Changes - Revised
pdf Update 08-13: Handbook Revisions
pdf Update 08-12: TFS Policy Change - Revised
pdf Update 08-11: Federal Minimum Wage Increase
pdf Update 08-10: Notice of Missed Interview (NOMI)
pdf Update 08-09: Combat Zone Pay
pdf Update 08-08: San Jose Mercury News Carriers’ Income
pdf Update 08-07: Self-Employment Clarification
pdf Update 08-06: Food Stamp Work Registration Training Questions and Answers
pdf Update 08-05: Changes to Resource Exclusion Rules
pdf Update 08-04: Final Rule on the Classification for Victims of Serious Crime (U Visa)
pdf Update 08-03: Abled Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver for 2008-2009
pdf Update 08-02: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #1
pdf Update 08-01: Erratum to Food Stamp Update 2007-19
2007
pdf Update 07-19: Social Security Number Requirements for Victims of Human Trafficking or Other Serious Crimes
pdf Update 07-18: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #3
pdf Update 07-17: Application Availablility
pdf Update 07-16: Clarification of the $50 Child Support Disregard & 19-year old Earnings Exclusion
pdf Update 07-15: Required Information on the Overissuance Notice
pdf Update 07-14: Overissuance Claims - Revised
pdf Update 07-13: ABAWDs Questions and Answers
pdf Update 07-12: Work Study
pdf Update 07-11: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers #2
pdf Update 07-10: Simplification Options Questions & Answers
pdf Update 07-09: Military Pay
pdf Update 07-08: Sponsored Noncitizen Clarification
pdf Update 07-07: Food Stamps Program Questions & Answers
pdf Update 07-06: Civil Rights Data Collection - Revised
pdf Update 07-05: Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver Expiration
pdf Update 07-04: Drug Felony FRED Referrals
pdf Update 07-03: Non-Citizen Victims of Human Trafficking Domestic Violence and Other Serious Crimes
pdf Update 07-02: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Changes
pdf Update 07-01: Food Stamp Outreach Applications
2006
pdf Update 06-08: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Change #3
pdf Update 06-07: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Change #2
pdf Update 06-06: Implementation of Food Stamp Simplification Options
pdf Update 06-05: Clean-Up and Miscellaneous Changes #1
pdf Update 06-04: Food Stamp Program Questions and Answers
pdf Update 06-03: Abled Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver
pdf Update 06-02: Denial of Applications for Missed Interviews
pdf Update 06-01: H & R Block Food Stamp Outreach Project
2005
pdf Update 05-03: Food Stamps for Drug Felons Questions & Answers
pdf Update 05-02: Drug Felony Bill
pdf Update 05-01: Voluntary Mid-quarter Report of Income Exceeding Gross Income Test Limit
2004
pdf Update 04-24: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 04-23: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits Questions & Answers #2
pdf Update 04-22: Treatment of the Medicare Prescription Drug Card Program
pdf Update 04-21: Forms/Notices Changes
pdf Update 04-20: Income and Shelter Deduction Changes
pdf Update 04-19: Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) Q & A #1
pdf Update 04-18: Income Averaging Policy Change
pdf Update 04-17: Addendum/Clarification/Erratum to Food Stamp Update #04-13
pdf Update 04-16: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits Questions & Answers #1
pdf Update 04-15: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
pdf Update 04-14: Application Withdrawals
pdf Update 04-13: Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) Implementation
pdf Update 04-12: New Medi-Cal Informing Notice for Food Stamp Recipients
pdf Update 04-11: Overview - Implementation of the Quarterly Reporting/Prospective Budgeting (QR/PB) System in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 04-10: Treatment of Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits
pdf Update 04-09: Work Registration Requirement and ABAWD Regulation Changes
pdf Update 04-08: Face-to-Face Interview Requirement Exemption Screening
pdf Update 04-07: Overissuance Forms Revision
pdf Update 04-06: Clarification of Medical Expense Deduction
pdf Update 04-05: Individual Development Accounts
pdf Update 04-04: Qualifying Quarters
pdf Update 04-03: Handbook Clean-up
pdf Update 04-02: Transitional Food Stamp (TFS) Benefits
pdf Update 04-01: Vehicle Resource Exclusion
2003
pdf Update 03-14: Final Rule on Budgeting Income & Reporting Changes
pdf Update 03-13: Intercounty Collection of Overissuances
pdf Update 03-12: Food Stamps Update 2003-12 AmeriCorps Payments
pdf Update 03-11: Institutions of Higher Education - 2003/04 School Year
pdf Update 03-10: Food Stamp Budgeting Clarifications
pdf Update 03-09: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 Food Stamp COLA
pdf Update 03-08: Farm Bill - Noncitizen Changes - Final Phase
pdf Update 03-07: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 03-06: Clean-up of Chapter 37 (Institutional Residents)
pdf Update 03-05: Treatment of Household Composition During Military Deployment
pdf Update 03-04: Treatment of CalWORKs Special Need Diet Payments
pdf Update 03-03: Farm Bill - 2nd Phase & Miscellaneous Cleanup
pdf Update 03-02: Vehicle Valuation Questions and Answers
pdf Update 03-01: Vendor Payments
2002
pdf Update 02-14: Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002
pdf Update 02-13: Income & Budgeting Changes in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 02-12: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2003 COLA
pdf Update 02-11: Institutions of Higher Education - 2002/03 School Year
pdf Update 02-10: Revision of the Food Stamp Application Forms and Process
pdf Update 02-09: Implementation of Approved PRWORA Regulations
pdf Update 02-08: Treatment of Child Support Arrearages in the Food Stamp Program
pdf Update 02-07: Revision of the "Quarter of Coverage History Report" Process Chart
pdf Update 02-06: Changes to Recipient Claim Establishment & Collection Standards
pdf Update 02-05: Food Stamp Work Requirements & Sanctions: Questions and Answers
pdf Update 02-04: "Child Citizenship Act of 2000" & 2002 Qualifying Quarters Information
pdf Update 02-03: 15% ABAWD Exemption
pdf Update 02-02: Food Stamp Clarifications
pdf Update 02-01: F/S Treatment of Persons Receiving Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program (SSI/SSP) Benefits
2001
popup Update 01-15: Exclusion of CalWORKs Funded Vendor Payments for Housing
popup Update 01-14: Food Stamp Clarifications
popup Update 01-13: Time-limited California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Extension
popup Update 01-12: Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Payments, Department of Defense Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Benefits, and Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits
popup Update 01-11: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002 COLA
popup Update 01-10: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Food Stamp Update # 2001-9
popup Update 01-09: PRWORA Final Rule Implementation
popup Update 01-08: Annual Revision of Qualifying Quarter Chart, Shelter Deduction Chapter Clean-up and BIC 178 Review
popup Update 01-07: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Food Stamp Update # 2001-4
popup Update 01-06: Clarification of Fleeing Felon & Probation/Parole Violator Regulations
popup Update 01-05: Forms Index Revision
popup Update 01-04: APPLICATION FORMS & MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES
popup Update 01-03: The Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
popup Update 01-02: Treatment of CalWORKs Work Study Income (CWWS) & Institutions of Higher Education - 2000/01 School Year
popup Update 01-01: Collection of Food Stamp Claims from Social Security Benefits, Lomeli v. Saenz Court Case Settlement & Multiple O/Is Policy Change
2000
popup Update 00-11: Annual Revision of Qualifying Quarter Chart and Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) Clean-Up
popup Update 00-10: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2001 COLA
popup Update 00-09: Time-Limited California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Extension
popup Update 00-08: Addendum, Clarification, Erratum to Food Stamp Update # 2000-6
popup Update 00-07: Clarifications Regarding the Treatment of Census Income
popup Update 00-06: ABAWD and Work Registration Changes
popup Update 00-05: Treatment of Census Income
popup Update 00-04: Housing & Utility Expense Verification Change
popup Update 00-03: Index and Table of Contents Updated
popup Update 00-02: Vehicle Exclusion Change & Misc. Resource Clarifications/Clean-up
popup Update 00-01: 2000 COLA for Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
1999
popup Update 99-12: Student Regulation Changes
popup Update 99-11: Drug Felon Questions and Answers
popup Update 99-10: CFAP ABAWD and Work Requirement Effective Date Change and CFAP Indigent Sponsored Noncitizen Provision
popup Update 99-09: Amended California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Implementation
popup Update 99-08: Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2000 COLA
popup Update 99-07: Amended California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
popup Update 99-06: Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
popup Update 99-05: Changes in the Treatment of Excluded Person's Income, Resources, and Expenses
popup Update 99-04: Form Index Revision
popup Update 99-03: Annual Revision of the Blue Book Value and Qualifying Quarter Charts
popup Update 99-02: Application Form (CA 8) Change and Handbook Correction
popup Update 99-01: Authorized Drug/Alcohol Treatment Centers
1998
popup Update 98-19: Noncitizen Clarifications
popup Update 98-18: Noncitizen Regulation Changes/Clarifications
popup Update 98-17: Institutions of Higher Education - 1998/99 School Year
popup Update 98-16: Expansion of the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
popup Update 98-15: Congress enacts a Food Stamp Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) yearly effective October 1st
popup Update 98-14: Refugee Substitute Program Registration & ABAWD Status Change
popup Update 98-13: Transfer of ABAWD Cases to GA
popup Update 98-12: Failure to Comply - CalWORKs Sanctions and Penalties
popup Update 98-11: Same Day Processing Application Denial Due to Untimely Verification and Proration of Benefits
popup Update 98-10: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents [ABAWD] Changes
popup Update 98-09: Disclosure of Information and Repayment of Benefits
popup Update 98-08: Voluntary Quit Regulations for Applicants
popup Update 98-07: Felony Drug Conviction Disqualification
popup Update 98-06: Non-citizen Regulation Changes
popup Update 98-05: Dependent Care Reimbursement & Miscellaneous Clean-up
popup Update 98-04: Application Forms Revision
popup Update 98-03: Spina Bifida Payment Exclusion and Vehicle Exclusion Limit Chart
popup Update 98-02: Summary of 1997 IRIS Findings, and Food Stamp Clarifications & Reminders
popup Update 98-01: Form Index Revision
1997
popup Update 97-27: Annual Revision of the Blue Book Value and Qualifying Quarter Charts
popup Update 97-26: Clean-up #1
popup Update 97-25: Hixenbaugh v. Anderson Court Order
popup Update 97-24: ABAWD Tracking Calendar References
popup Update 97-23: Welfare Reform (Phase 2)
popup Update 97-22: Shared Living Expenses and Ineligible ABAWDs Status Change
popup Update 97-21: Institutions of Higher Education - 1997/98 School Year
popup Update 97-20: New Food Stamps Hard Copy Handbooks Distributed
popup Update 97-19: ABAWD Waiver - Gilroy
popup Update 97-18: Medical Expense Deduction
popup Update 97-17: California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
popup Update 97-16: 1997 Food Stamp COLA
popup Update 97-15: Summary of 1996 IRIS Findings, and Expedited Services: Clarifications & Reminders
popup Update 97-14: Statewide ABAWDs Tracking System
popup Update 97-13: Clarifications
popup Update 97-12: ABLE BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS (ABAWDS)
popup Update 97-11: McGinness CET Closure
popup Update 97-10: Errata: Update 97-9: Food Stamps
popup Update 97-09: NON-CITIZEN "QUALIFIED" IMMIGRANTS
popup Update 97-08: Immigrant Early Recertifications - Desk Review
popup Update 97-07: Early Recertifications - Immigrant Households
popup Update 97-06: Homeless Standard Shelter Deduction
popup Update 97-05: Failure to Comply and Work Registration Regulations
popup Update 97-04: Mandated Stuffer to Currently Certified Non-citizen Legal Immigrants
popup Update 97-03: 1996 Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs)
popup Update 97-02: Work Requirement Informing Notice - Applicants
popup Update 97-01: Work Registration and Failure to Comply Regulations