When there is a change in FBR for 1 or 2 months within a quarter, or there is a month
of ineligibility within the quarter, (for the individual or for both members of the couple) the steps in computation of payment are similar to the quarterly
computation described in SI 02009.010.
Determine the FBR for each month of the quarter based on the eligible individual's/couple's
circumstances throughout each month;
Determine the eligible individual's/couple's countable income for the entire quarter.
Be alert to the possible receipt of in-kind support and maintenance during the month
of the change of living arrangement. (See SI 00835.500)
Divide the countable income for the entire quarter by three. Subtract this one-third
of the countable income from the FBR applicable to each month. This is the monthly
payment amount to the individual or couple. Divide the couple payment amount by two
to determine the monthly payment amount to each member of the couple.
In the case of an eligible individual without an eligible spouse, no payment can be
made for any month(s) where ineligibility exists (i.e., no federal benefit and no
federally administered State supplement occurs in or 2 months of a quarter). However,
the statute requires that determinations of eligibility and payment amount be made
on a quarterly basis except when the initial application for benefits is filed in
the second or third month of a quarter. (See SI 02009.001 for determination of payment in the quarter of filing.)
Thus, even if an individual or couple is ineligible for one or more months in a quarter,
one-third of the quarterly countable income is subtracted from the FBR for each month
of eligibility; i.e., a quarterly computation is performed.