DPHSS


CHANGES IN MONTHLY INCOME THAT MUST BE REPORTED
Release #2003-65, October 23, 2003

PeterJohn D. Camacho, Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) announces that, beginning November 1, 2003, the amount of changes in earned and unearned income that must be reported by recipients of the Food Stamp Program, Old Age Assistance (OAA), Aid to the Blind (AB), Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled (APTD) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has been revised as follows:

Changes in Monthly Income that Must be Reported

Type of Income Previous Amount Effective 11/01/03
Earned income More than $25/month More than $100/month
Unearned income More than $25/month More than $50/month

The requirement to report other changes in household circumstances - such as the addition or loss of a household member, the acquisition of a licensed vehicle, changes in residence and shelter costs - has not changed. Certified households are reminded to report any changes within 10 days of the date the change becomes known to the household via Change Report Form.

Please call your caseworker if you have any questions regarding this matter.

NORTHERN: 635-7466
MANGILAO: 735-7245
SOUTHERN: 828-7542

/s/
PETERJOHN D. CAMACHO, MPH


GUAM'S ADULT PROGRAMS BENEFITS INCREASED EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2003
Release #2003-64, October 17, 2003

PeterJohn Camacho, DPHSS Director, announces that benefits to recipients of Guam's Adult Programs (Old Age Assistance, Aid to the Blind, and Aid to the Permanent and Totally Disabled), which were reduced by 57% in April of 2002, have been restored to 100% effective October 1, 2003.

The Director also announces that maximum monthly allotments for Guam's Food Stamp Program were increased effective October 1, 2003.

Clients who have any questions regarding the increases may contact their caseworker for more information.

/s/
PETERJOHN D. CAMACHO, MPH


FOOD STAMP ELIGIBILITY RESTORED TO QUALIFIED ALIEN CHILDREN
Release #2003-57, September 16, 2003

PeterJohn D. Camacho, Acting Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) announces that beginning October 1, 2003, children who are qualified aliens AND who have not turned 18 years old may be eligible regardless of the date they entered the United States. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-171), commonly known as the 2002 Farm Bill, restored food stamp eligibility, effective April 1, 2003, to most qualified aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States and who have lived in the United States for five years or longer.

Qualified aliens are aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence (green card holders) or aliens who have been granted special status by INS such as asylee, refugee, parolee or deportee status.

Currently participating Food Stamp households with a potentially eligible qualified alien child, may report this information via Change Report to their caseworker beginning September 1, 2003. Potentially eligible qualified aliens may apply at any of the Food Stamp Offices in Mangilao, Dededo, or Inarajan.

Households must meet all other eligibility criteria, in addition to meeting qualified alien status.

/s/
PETERJOHN D. CAMACHO, MPH