Q: I’m working with a former foster youth who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI). She previously applied for CalFresh but was denied due to her ineligibility as an SSI recipient. Has this eligibility restriction changed?
A: Yes, it has changed. As of June 1, 2019, individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income or State Supplemental Program payments (SSI/SSP) are eligible for CalFresh, provided all other eligibility criteria are satisfied.
John Burton Advocates for Youth’s FAQ on CalFresh for Non-Minor Dependents has been updated to reflect this change.
For resources related to the CalFresh expansion to SSI/SSP recipients, visit http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/CalFresh/Supplemental-Security-Income/Resources.
Assembly Bill 1811 (2018). https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1811
California Department of Social Services. All County Letter 18-90 (July 31, 2018). http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ACL/2018/18-90.pdf?ver=2018-07-31-142643-887
California Department of Social Services. All County Letter 18-90E (April 10, 2019). http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ACL/2018/18-90E.pdf?ver=2019-04-16-090819-407