Maximum resources is a term used to designate the largest amount an individual can hold in one or more capital resources and still be considered eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the standpoint of need. • 1
Resources may be held in any form or combination of forms of capital resources.
- (1) Maximum TANF resource standard. The maximum resource standard is shown on OKDHS Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards, Schedule IX.C. The resources of all members whose needs are included in the TANF cash assistance benefit are considered in determining the maximum resources for the family. For resources of a needy caretaker see paragraph (2) of this Section.
- (A) When both parents are in the home and one parent is included in a State Supplemental Payment (SSP) case and the spouse is included in a TANF case with the children, the resources of both parents are evaluated in relation to eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and therefore not considered on the TANF case.
- (B) If a natural or adoptive parent or dependent child is not included in the assistance unit because of alien status, his or her resources are considered with the resources of the eligible children in computing the maximum resources.
- (2) Consideration of resources of a relative-payee other than a natural or adoptive parent. A relative-payee can only be included in the cash assistance benefit when the natural or adoptive parent is not in the home and the relative-payee also meets the definition of a needy caretaker. • 2
- A stepparent may be included in the cash assistance benefit when the natural or adoptive parent is incapacitated or not in the home.
- (A) If a relative-payee is not eligible to be included in the TANF assistance unit or is eligible but does not request to be included, consideration is not given to his or her resources or the resources of his or her spouse in determining eligibility of the children.
- (B) A relative-payee is considered resource eligible as a needy caretaker if the resources for the case does not exceed the maximum resource standard.
- (C) Only one needy caretaker may be included in the TANF assistance unit when the child's parent(s) is not in the home. If the needy caretaker has a spouse who is not an SSI recipient, one-half of their combined resources are considered the needy caretaker's resources. If the spouse of the needy caretaker is an SSI recipient, consideration is not given to his or her resources.