CalFresh treatment of 2020 census income

Effective August 1, 2019, earned income received directly from the Census Bureau for temporary employment related to the 2020 census must be excluded when determining CalFresh eligibility and benefits.  This policy applies through September 30, 2020. This policy is based on federal approval of a demonstration project.

The temporary census income exclusion cannot be applied retroactively.  However, counties that become aware of households who received income from the Census Bureau and were denied CalFresh benefits and were denied CalFresh after the effective date of this policy should reconsider those denials based on current policy.  (ACL 19-79, August 5, 2019.)