New Mexico Works/General Assistance


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In order to be eligible for New Mexico Works/TANF, you must live in New Mexico and have dependent children who are citizens or have eligible alien status. Parents who are not eligible (because of their immigration status or other reasons) may apply for their children. There is a 60 month lifetime time limit on receiving TANF benefits. General Assistance is available for disabled adults and dependent needy children who are not eligible for a federally matched program such as SSI and TANF. Eligibility for both programs is based on the following gross and net income guidelines:
Maximum Monthly Household Income (effective 10/1/07 - 9/30/08)

Household size
Gross Income Test
Net Income Test
1
$723
$231
2
970
310
3
1216
389
4
1,463
469
5
1,709
548
6
1,956
627
7
2,202
706
8
2,449
802
Each additional member
+247
+79
Gross income is total monthly income. Net income is income after deductions for expenses such as medical care, childcare and earned income.
Non-disabled applicants must also have less than $1500 in liquid resources (like cash and savings accounts) and $2000 in non-liquid resources (like a second car or real estate that is not your home).

Food Stamps

Income Guidelines
Households that meet the following income guidelines may be eligible to receive Food Stamps:

Household Size
Gross Monthly Income
Net monthly income
1
$1,107
$851
2
1,484
1,141
3
1,861
1,431
4
2,238
1,721
5
2,615
2,011
6
2,992
2,301
7
3,369
2,591
8
3,746
2,881
Each additional member
+377
+290
Income guidelines are for 10/1/07 to 9/30/08
A Food Stamp household is made up of the people who purchase and prepare meals together.
Gross income includes a household’s total income. Net income is the household’s gross income including certain deductions for earned income, shelter and utility costs, and child support.
Households are automatically eligible for Food Stamps if they receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Also, elderly (60+) or disabled household members only have to meet the net income test.
Resources
Families must also meet a resource test to be eligible for Food Stamps. This means that households must have less than $2,000 in cash on hand, money in bank accounts, or stocks and investments. Certain resources are not counted including a primary home, TANF and SSI benefits, and most vehicles. If the household has an elderly or disabled member, they may have up to $3,000 in resources.
Immigration Status
Each recipient must also be one of the following:
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)- an adult must also have resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years
  • Have another qualifying alien status
More information about qualifying immigration status:http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/rules/Memo/02/POLIMGRT.HTM
The average benefit for New Mexico households is $225.17 per month. The average benefit per person is $88.65 per month. The chart below shows the largest Food Stamp benefit you could get every month.

People in Household
Maximum Monthly Benefit
1
$162
2
$298
3
$426
4
$542
5
$643
6
$772
7
$853
8
$975
Each additional person
+$122
Income guidelines are for 10/1/07 to 9/30/08
Expedited Food Stamps
If you have very low income or high housing costs, you may be eligible to get your Food Stamp benefit within seven days of applying. To be eligible for expedited Food Stamps, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You had less than $150 in gross income in the past 30 days and you have less than $100 in cash; or
  • Your monthly income is less than your shelter and utility costs; or
  • You are a destitute migrant or seasonal farm worker with $100 or less in cash.

Child Care

Your household may be eligible for child care benefits if:
  • Your children are 6 weeks to 13 years old, or between 13 and 18 and have special needs; and
  • The children are U.S. citizens or qualified aliens; and
  • You are working, attending school, participating in a training or educational program, or in a TANF or Food Stamp Program approved activity; and
  • You meet the following income requirements.
Income Guidelines (effective 5/1/07 - 4/30/08)
Household size
Gross monthly income
2
$1,882
3
2,361
4
2,839
5
3,318
6
3,796
7
4,275
8
4,753
9
5,232
10
5,710
Each additional person
+479
The “household size” generally includes biological parents, stepparents, legal guardians, and dependents who are under 18 years of age (or 18 and attending school) living in the household.
Eligible families are guaranteed child care if they have income below 100% of the FPL, receive TANF, are transitioning from TANF, or are at risk of becoming dependent on TANF.
Other eligible families receive child care assistance according to the following priority levels:
  • Priority 1: Applicants receiving TANF benefits. If there is not appropriate and suitable child care available, they may be given a work exemption.
  • Priority 1A: Applicants participating in the Food Stamp employment and training (E&T) program.
  • Priority 1B: Families with income at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level. Priority is given to children with special needs and for teen parents.
  • Priority 2: Families who are transitioning off TANF because their cases are closed at least in part due to increased earnings or loss of earned income deductions or disregards.
  • Priority 4: Families with income above 100% of the FPL but at or below 200% of the FPL based on budget availability. Priority is given to children with special needs and for teen parents.

Medicaid & New MexiKids

There are many different eligibility categories. Generally speaking, eligibility is extended to families receiving New Mexico Works/TANF assistance, children up to age 19, pregnant women, and certain disabled individuals.
Recipients must have income less than the amounts listed in the chart below:
Maximum Monthly Income, by Household Size (effective 4/1/07 - 3/31/08)


Non-Working parents
Working parents
Children, Medicaid
Children, New MexiKids
Household size
28% of FPL
65% of FPL
185% of FPL
235% of FPL
1
$238
$553
$1,575
$2,000
2
319
742
2,111
2,682
3
401
930
2,648
3.363
4
482
1,119
3,184
4,045
5
563
1,307
3,721
4,726
6
644
1,496
4,257
5,408
7
725
1,684
4,794
6,089
8
807
1,873
5,330
6,771
Each additional member
+81
+189
+536
+682
Note: pregnant women are counted as two people
Most family categories do not have resource tests, but individuals receiving SSI, institutional care, or are disabled working individuals may have to prove that they have limited resources.
Immigration Status All applicants will have to show that they are US citizens or eligible non-citizens for Medicaid and New MexiKids. A full description of the citizenship requirements is available here:http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/parts/title08/08.200.0410.htm
As of 2006, applicants must be able to prove identity and citizenship status of every member of the applying household. Information about how to prove citizenship/identity may be found here:http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/pdf/new_fed_med_reqs.pdf
Undocumented persons may be eligible only for emergency Medicaid. Eligible household members can get Medicaid and New MexiKids even if other members of the household are not eligible. For example, parents who are not eligible because of their immigration status may apply for their children. Applying for or receiving Medicaid does not affect an immigrant’s INS or citizenship status.