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Foodstamps & past criminal activity - I need help.

Going ANON since I am embarrassed by this. My husband works full time, same employer for 3 years, great guy. In 2001, before we met, he wasn't so nice. He got a drug felony, prison, parole. Clean now for all these years, no new arrests, married, employed, kids etc.
I lost my job due to the economy. We have been struggling & decided to apply for foodstamps only.
Since he was convicted they said he can't be on the case but they'll use his income to determine eligibility, which, for only 4 of us left without him, is too much. So we don't qualify.

Any way around this? We are married so do I have to use his income or can I just put me & the kids on the case. We have zero income except $200 C/S for my oldest son.

I'm so upset since I'm trying to go back to college & having an open welfare case would qualify me for the BOG fee waiver but without proof that we are now poor, our 2009 tax returns DISqualify us! HELP!!


Asked by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Nov. 12, 2010 in Money & Work

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Answers (8)
  • If your DH makes too much to qualify, then you make too much to qualify. End of story. You cannot exclude his data just because you want food stamps.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 2:58 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • I know convicted felons who are on foodstamps. I don't see why your dh can't get them. It's a federal program. I don't think your state can limit who gets them but you might want to do a search and find a federal website for FAQ

    Answer by admckenzie at 2:57 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • per this website:

    "Food stamps are not provided to fugitive felons and violators of probation or parole. Most state agencies do not provide benefits to felons convicted of a drug-related crime committed after August 22, 1996. For more information on state policies, see the State Options Report on the FNS Web site,"

    Answer by Candi1024 at 3:01 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Did you read WHY he makes too much? If he is ON the case we do qualify. But with the felon rule thing we'd be 4 instead of 5 and not qualify.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 3:02 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • @adm. maybe they didn't reveal their felony OR they weren't drug related.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 3:04 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • It counts for anyone living in your household, regardless.

    Answer by SweetPieMama24 at 3:04 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • I'm sorry. That is part of the punishment of being a convited felon. I feel for you because now you have to suffer as well.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 3:07 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • If you exclude him from the application, then you can be charged with welfare fraud.

    Answer by fallnangel93 at 3:07 PM on Nov. 12, 2010