FAA5.I Determining Benefits : 02 Determining CA Benefits : B CA Payment Standard (A1/A2)
CA Payment Standard (A1/A2)
Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
The CA Payment Standard is used to determine the maximum CA benefit amount.
Policy
A1 and A2 are the two payment standards for CA which determine the CA payment level.
A1 CA Payment Standard
The A1 standard is used when any of the following apply:
When the budgetary unit has an obligation to pay a shelter cost, including any of the following:
Homeowner association fees
Mobile home space or taxes
Mortgage
Property taxes (residence or property)
Rent (residence or property)
The participant is on the lease in a housing unit subsidized by a local, state, tribal, or the federal government (i.e., public or subsidized housing). Federal government subsidy includes credits or cash allowances.
The participant works in exchange for rent (in kind income).
The participant has shelter costs paid by a third party for fewer than three months.
A participant in the military receives Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
NOTE Military allowances are shown on the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as additions and deductions.
The participant who has the shelter cost obligation is in foreclosure action and the mortgage company accepts back payments.
The following do not require a shelter cost obligation:
Kinship Care (KS) cases.
Kinship Foster Care (KF) cases.
Legal Permanent Guardian (LPG) cases.
Pascua Yaqui (PY) Tribal TANF cases.
The annual A1 payment standard is 36% of the 1992 Federal Poverty Level (FPL). (See the A1 Standard Table - CA for the monthly payment standard.)
A2 CA Payment Standard
The A2 standard is used when any of the following apply:
The budgetary unit does not have an obligation to pay shelter costs.
The shelter costs are paid on an ongoing basis by a third party for three or more months in a row.
The budgetary unit has an obligation to pay shelter costs but fails to provide verification of the cost, when required. (See Shelter Expense-Verification for verification requirements.)
The budgetary unit is not eligible for the A1 Payment Standard.
The annual A2 Payment Standard is 23% of the 1992 Federal Poverty Level (FPL). (See the A2 Standard Table - CA for the monthly payment standard.)
Verification
The obligation to pay a shelter expense for A1 must be verified when any of the following occur:
New application when originally requesting CA or after a lapse in CA benefits
Three years from the date the expenses were last verified when the case is ongoing.
NOTE When the three-year period expires before the approval period ends, shelter expenses are verified at the next renewal.
A change of address is reported.
A change from A2 to A1 is reported.
Information is questionable(g).
A1 Verification
Verification that can be used for the A1 Payment Standard includes the following:
Rent receipt
Landlord's statement
Lease agreement
Mortgage records, receipts, or payment booklet
Tax assessment notice
Verification of Living Arrangements/Residential Address (FAA-0065A) form
Collateral contact to any of the following:
Landlord
Leasing agent
Mortgage company
Tax assessor's office
A2 Verification
Verification that can be used for the A2 Payment Standard includes the following:
The participant's verbal or written statement that they do not have an obligation to pay a shelter expense.
A written statement from the individual who is paying the shelter expense for the participant when someone else is paying the expense.
Legal Authorities
AAC – R6-12-701
AAC – R6-12-702
AAC – R6-12-703
AAC – R6-12-704
AAC – R6-12-705
AZ State TANF Plan
last revised 03/28/2022