.03 Destitute Budgetary Units
Consider a migrant or seasonal farm worker budgetary unit destitute when it meets one of the following criteria:
 
The budgetary unit receives terminated income for the application month but before the application date.
Consider the income is from a terminated source when it meets the following conditions:
The income was received on a monthly or more frequent basis.
The income is not received again from the same source during the balance of the application month or during the following month.
When income is received less than monthly, consider it terminated income when it is not received in the month it is normally received.
The budgetary unit's income for the application month is from a new source. In addition, the budgetary unit expects receiving no more than $25 from the new source by the tenth calendar day after the application date.
For renewals, the budgetary unit expects receiving no more than $25 by the tenth calendar day after the budgetary unit's normal issuance. This applies when the budgetary unit turns in an application for renewal within the approval period.
Consider income as coming from a new source when not more than $25 is received from the source within 30 calendar days before the application date. The income must be received on a monthly or more frequent basis.
Income may be received less often than monthly. Consider it from a new source when not more than $25 is received within the normal interval between payments.
The budgetary unit receives income from both of the following:
A terminated source before the application date.
A new source after the application date.
In addition, the budgetary unit receives no other income in the application month. The budgetary unit expects receiving $25 or less from the new source by the tenth calendar day after the application date.
For renewals, the budgetary unit expects receiving less than $25 from the new source by the tenth calendar day of the normal issuance cycle.
 
Consider a farm worker's source of income to be the grower for whom the farm worker works at a particular time. Do not consider the crew chief the farm worker's source of income.
 
A farm worker may travel with the same crew chief, but from one grower to another. When this occurs, consider the farm worker's source of income as new income instead of terminated.
 
When a farm worker receives a wage advance, the following apply:
 
A farm worker may receive a travel advance that by a written contract is subtracted from future wages.
Income from a wage advance for travel costs does not affect the following:
The determination of whether future payments are from a new source of income.
Whether the farm worker budgetary unit is considered destitute.
 
Farm worker budgetary units may have income that must be averaged on an annual basis or averaged over the period the income is intended to cover. Before determining whether a farm worker budgetary unit is destitute, complete the following:
 
Average the income.
Assign the income to the appropriate months of the approval period.
 
The averaged income may be applied to the application month. When it is not from a new or terminated source, do not consider the farm worker budgetary unit destitute.