What type of income is used to determine eligibility?

Earned Income –

  • Pay Checks from full-time or part-time jobs
  • Tips earned on the job
  • Money from self-employment
  • Babysitting
  • Owning your own business

Unearned Income –

  • Child Support Payments
  • Social Security Payments
  • Unemployment benefits-You may be required to apply if you were recently laid off
  • Workmen’s Compensation benefits
  • Cash contributions to the households, etc.

What should I bring when I apply?

  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, Maryland ID card, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers for everyone in the household
  • Proof of address (lease, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of income (recent pay stubs, benefit letters, etc.) for everyone in the entire household
  • Proof of household expenses (recent utility bills, child care costs, recent doctor or hospital bills, etc.)

How long does it take to get benefits if I am eligible?

  • Within 30 days for most programs
  • Within 7 days if eligible for expedited Food Supplement
  • The case worker will determine if you are eligible during your interview
  • 90 days or more if a disability determination is required