3SquaresVT Cuts Postponed Another Three Months
Posted: December 8th, 2010
Waterbury, VT—The USDA recently notified the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) that they are once again postponing a required change to the standard deduction for fuel and utilities — until April 1, 2011.
The USDA had advised the department in late August that it had to change the deduction to reflect current fuel costs — lowering it from $744 to $614 a month — starting October 1, 2010. Subsequent to this action, the USDA allowed Vermont and several other states to reinstate the higher deduction amount for the months of October, November and December 2010.
Monthly 3SquaresVT benefits (formerly called food stamps) are based on net household income. Lowering this deduction would have resulted in a higher net income and lower monthly benefit for approximately 16,000 Vermont households.
“We are grateful to Vermont’s congressional delegation and community advocates for helping us to secure this postponement,” said DCF Food and Nutrition Programs Director Reneé Richardson. “It will help Vermonters who are already struggling to pay for food and heat to make it through the difficult winter months.”
DCF staff continue to work closely with the USDA to develop ways to minimize the impact of this required change on Vermont households, a change now scheduled to be implemented April 1, 2011.
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Released: December 8, 2010