49.19(4)(bu)2.d. d. Not more than $200 every 12 months for emergency needs, as determined by the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23.
49.19(4)(by) (by) No later than September 1, 1992, the department shall request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services under which the equity value of automobiles with a total equity value of not more than $2,500 would not be included when determining the combined equity value of assets under par. (bm). If the waiver is granted, the equity value of automobiles with a total equity value of not more than $2,500 shall not be included when determining the combined equity value of assets under par. (bm), rather than one automobile with an equity value not exceeding $1,500.
49.19(4)(c) (c) The person having the care and custody of the dependent child must be fit and proper to have the child. Aid shall not be denied by the county department under s. 46.215 or 46.22 on the grounds that a person is not fit and proper to have the care and custody of the child until the county department obtains a finding substantiating that fact from a court assigned to exercise jurisdiction under chs. 48 and 938 or other court of competent jurisdiction; but in appropriate cases it is the responsibility of the county department to petition under ch. 48 or refer the case to a proper child protection agency.
49.19(4)(d) (d) Aid may be granted to the mother or stepmother of a dependent child if she is without a husband or if she:
49.19(4)(d)1. 1. Is the wife of a husband who is incapacitated for gainful work by mental or physical disability; or
49.19(4)(d)2. 2. Is the wife of a husband who is incarcerated or who is a convicted offender permitted to live at home but precluded from earning a wage because the husband is required by a court imposed sentence to perform unpaid public work or unpaid community service; or
49.19(4)(d)3. 3. Is the wife of a husband who has been committed to the department pursuant to ch. 975, irrespective of the probable period of such commitment; or
49.19(4)(d)4. 4. Is the wife of a husband who has continuously abandoned or failed to support her, if proceedings have been commenced against the husband under ch. 769; or
49.19(4)(d)5. 5. Has been divorced and is without a husband or legally separated from her husband and is unable through use of the provisions of law to compel her former husband to adequately support the child for whom aid is sought; or
49.19(4)(d)6. 6. Has commenced an action for divorce or legal separation and obtained a temporary order for support under s. 767.225 which order is either insufficient to adequately meet the needs of the child or cannot be enforced through the provisions of law; or
49.19(4)(d)7. 7. Has obtained an order under s. 767.501 from the court to compel support, which order is either insufficient to adequately meet the needs of the child or cannot be enforced through the provisions of law; or
49.19(4)(d)8. 8. Is incapacitated and the county department under s. 46.215 or 46.22 believes she is the proper payee.
49.19(4)(dm) (dm) Aid may be paid to parents of a dependent child if the parents are unable to supply the needs of the child because of the unemployment of the parent, in a home in which both parents live, who earned the most income during the 24-month period immediately preceding the month for which aid is granted and who meets the federal requirements as to past employment and current unemployment. The department shall count up to 4 calendar quarters of full-time attendance at an elementary school, a secondary school, or a vocational or technical training course that satisfies the requirements under 42 USC 607 (d) (1) (B) toward the federal requirement as to past employment. Aid to dependent children of unemployed parents may be granted only if federal aid for this purpose is available to the state. No aid may be granted if the unemployed parent:
49.19(4)(dm)4. 4. Qualifies for unemployment insurance but refuses to apply for or accept unemployment insurance; or
49.19(4)(dm)5. 5. Fails to meet any applicable federal or state work, work registration or training requirement. The department shall promulgate rules listing the applicable requirements under this subdivision.
49.19(4)(e) (e) The ownership of a home and the lands used or operated in connection therewith or, in lieu thereof, a house trailer, if such home or house trailer is used as the person's abode, by a person having the care and custody of any dependent child shall not prevent the granting of aid if the cost of maintenance of said home or house trailer does not exceed the rental which the family would be obliged to pay for living quarters.
49.19(4)(es) (es) In determining eligibility for aid to families with dependent children, all earned and unearned income of the applicant shall be considered, except any amount received under section 32 of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6), and any payment made by an employer under section 3507 of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6), and aid received under this section. Eligibility does not exist if the total income considered exceeds 185 percent of the standard of need or if the total income considered after disregards are applied exceeds the standard of need.
49.19(4)(et) (et) In determining eligibility for aid, the income of a dependent child's stepparent who lives in the same home as the child shall be considered as required under 42 USC 602 (a) (31).
49.19(4)(ez) (ez) If an alien applies for aid, the income and resources of any person or public or private agency which executed an affidavit of support for the alien are deemed unearned income and resources of the alien for a 3-year period after the alien enters the United States, unless the department determines that the public or private agency no longer exists or has become unable to meet the alien's needs. The income and resources of the spouse of the executor, if the executor is an individual, are also deemed unearned income and resources of the alien for a 3-year period after the alien enters the United States, if the spouse is living with the executor. The department may, by rule, specify the method of computing income and resources under this paragraph and may reduce the level of income and resources that are deemed unearned income and resources of the alien, to the extent required by P.L. 97-35, section 2320 (b). This paragraph does not apply if the alien is a dependent child and if the executor or the executor's spouse is the parent of the alien.
49.19(4)(f) (f) Whenever better provisions, public or private, can be made for the care of such dependent child, aid under this section shall cease. Prompt notice shall be given to the appropriate law enforcement officials of the county of the furnishing of aid under this section in respect of a child who has been deserted or abandoned by a parent.
49.19(4)(g)1.1. If the pregnancy is medically verified, a pregnant woman receiving aid under this section who notifies the county department under s. 46.215 or 46.22 before the 8th month of pregnancy begins shall receive a monthly payment determined under sub. (11) (d) from the first day of the month in which the 8th month of pregnancy begins, in addition to the payment determined according to family size under sub. (11). If the recipient provides notification after the 8th month of pregnancy begins, the woman shall receive the additional monthly payment determined under sub. (11) (d) beginning with the first day of the month following notification.
49.19 Note NOTE: The cross-references to sub. (11) and sub. (11) (d) were changed from sub. (11) (a) and sub. (11) (a) 4. by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2. to reflect the renumbering under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2. of sub. (11) (a) and sub. (11) (a) 4.
49.19(4)(g)2. 2. Aid to a pregnant woman who is otherwise eligible but has no children is available from the first day of the month in which the 8th month of pregnancy begins or the date the woman submits a signed and completed application for aid to the county department under s. 46.215 or 46.22, whichever is later, if the pregnancy is medically verified. The pregnant woman has a family size of one for grant determination purposes under sub. (11) and is additionally eligible for a monthly payment determined under sub. (11) (d).
49.19 Note NOTE: The cross-references to sub. (11) and sub. (11) (d) were changed from sub. (11) (a) and sub. (11) (a) 4. by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2. to reflect the renumbering under s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2. of sub. (11) (a) and sub. (11) (a) 4.
49.19(4)(g)3. 3. Eligibility for the additional monthly payment under this paragraph continues through the month of the child's birth.
49.19(4)(h)1.a.a. As a condition of eligibility for assistance under this section, the person charged with the care and custody of the dependent child or children shall fully cooperate in efforts directed at establishing the paternity of a nonmarital child and obtaining support payments or any other payments or property to which that person and the dependent child or children may have rights. Such cooperation shall be in accordance with federal law, rules and regulations applicable to paternity establishment and collection of support payments.
49.19(4)(h)1.b. b. Except as provided under sub. (5) (a) 1m., when any person applies for or receives aid under this section, any right of the parent or any dependent child to support or maintenance from any other person, including any right to unpaid amounts accrued at the time of application and any right to amounts accruing during the time aid is paid under this section, is assigned to the state. If a minor who is a beneficiary of aid under this section is also the beneficiary of support under a judgment or order that includes support for one or more children not receiving aid under this section, any support payment made under the judgment or order is assigned to the state in the amount that is the proportionate share of the minor receiving aid under this section, except as otherwise ordered by the court on the motion of a party. Amounts assigned to the state under this subd. 1. b. remain assigned to the state until that amount of aid paid that represents the amount due as support or maintenance has been recovered. No amount of support that begins to accrue after aid under this section is discontinued for the recipient may be considered assigned to this state.
49.19(4)(h)1.c. c. Notice of the requirements of this subdivision shall be provided applicants for aid under this section at the time of application.
49.19(4)(h)2. 2. If the person charged with the care and custody of the dependent child or children does not comply with the requirements of subd. 1. a., that person shall be ineligible for assistance under this section. In such instances, aid payments made on behalf of the dependent child or children shall be made in the form of protective payments. If the county department under s. 46.215 or 46.22 has been unsuccessful in finding a person other than the person charged with the care of the dependent child to receive the protective payment on behalf of the child, after performance of a reasonable effort to do so, the county department may make the payment on behalf of the child to the person charged with the care of the dependent child.
49.19 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DCF 102, Wis. adm. code.
49.19(4)(k) (k) The total income of the AFDC group, including any nonrecurring lump sum payment of earned or unearned income and any other income not disregarded, may not exceed the applicable standard of need under sub. (11). If the total income exceeds the standard of need, all members of the AFDC group remain ineligible for the number of months that equals the total income divided by the standard of need.
49.19(4e) (4e)
49.19(4e)(a)(a) If a person applying for aid is under 18 years of age, has never married, and is pregnant or has a dependent child in his or her care, the person is not eligible for aid unless he or she lives in a place maintained by his or her parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative as the parent's, guardian's or other adult relative's own home or lives in a foster home, maternity home, or other supportive living arrangement supervised by an adult.
49.19(4e)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply in any of the following situations:
49.19(4e)(b)1. 1. The person applying for aid has no parent or legal guardian whose whereabouts are known.
49.19(4e)(b)2. 2. No parent or legal guardian of the person applying for aid allows the person to live in the home of that parent or legal guardian.
49.19(4e)(b)3. 3. The department determines that the physical or emotional health or safety of the person applying for aid or the dependent child would be jeopardized if the person and the dependent child lived with the person's parent or guardian.
49.19(4e)(b)4. 4. The person applying for aid lived apart from his or her parent or legal guardian for at least one year before the birth of any dependent child or before the person applied for aid.
49.19(4e)(b)5. 5. The county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 otherwise determines that there is good cause not to apply par. (a).
49.19(4e)(c) (c) The department shall request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services to require, without exception, that a person applying for aid who is under 18 years of age, has never married and is pregnant or has a dependent child in his or her care meet the requirements of par. (a). If a waiver is granted and in effect, par. (b) does not apply.
49.19(4h) (4h)Student loans and grants, including work study funds, are not considered income in determining eligibility for aid under this section or the amount of monthly payments under this section.
49.19(4m) (4m)Aid under this section is unavailable to a family for any month in which the caretaker relative of the dependent child is participating in a strike on the last day of the month. Aid under this section is unavailable to any person for a month in which the person is participating in a strike on the last day of the month.
49.19(5) (5)
49.19(5)(a)(a) The aid shall be sufficient to enable the person having the care and custody of dependent children to care properly for them. The amount granted shall be determined by a budget for the family in which all income shall be considered, except:
49.19(5)(a)1. 1. All earned income of each dependent child included in the grant who is: a full-time student; or a part-time student who is not a full-time employee. For purposes of this subdivision a student is an individual attending a school, college, university or a course of vocational or technical training designed to fit him or her for gainful employment.
49.19(5)(a)1e. 1e. Any amount received under section 32 of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6), and any payment made by an employer under section 3507 of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6), to a family receiving aid.
49.19(5)(a)1m. 1m. The first $50 of any money received by the department in a month under an assignment to the state under sub. (4) (h) for a person applying for or receiving aid to families with dependent children that shall be paid to the family applying for or receiving aid.
49.19(5)(a)2. 2. The first $90 shall be disregarded from the earned income of:
49.19(5)(a)2.a. a. Any dependent child or relative applying for or receiving aid.
49.19(5)(a)2.b. b. Any other person living in the same home as the dependent child whose needs are considered in determining the budget.
49.19(5)(a)4. 4. Except as provided under par. (am), after disregarding the amounts specified under subd. 2., $30 of earned income and an amount equal to one-third of the remaining earned income not disregarded, from the earned income of any person specified in subd. 2. These disregards do not apply to:
49.19(5)(a)4.a. a. The earned income of a person who has received the disregards for 4 consecutive months, until the person ceases to receive aid for 12 consecutive months.
49.19(5)(a)4.b. b. Earned income derived from a training or retraining project.
49.19(5)(a)4.c. c. The earned income of a person whose income exceeds the person's need, unless the person has received aid under this section in any of the 4 months preceding the month in which the income exceeds the need.
49.19(5)(a)4m. 4m. Except as provided under par. (am), after the person has received the benefit of the disregards under subd. 4. for 4 consecutive months, a disregard of $30 of earned income shall be available for 8 additional consecutive months. This disregard does not apply to:
49.19(5)(a)4m.a. a. Earned income derived from a training or retraining project.
49.19(5)(a)4m.b. b. The earned income of a person whose income exceeds the person's need, unless the person has received aid under this section in any of the 4 months preceding the month in which the income exceeds the need.
49.19(5)(a)4s. 4s. After disregarding the amounts under subd. 2. and either subd. 4. or par. (am), an amount equal to expenditures and not to exceed $175 per month for each dependent child or incapacitated person, or $200 per month for each child under the age of 2, shall be disregarded from the earned income of any person listed in subd. 2. if:
49.19(5)(a)4s.a. a. The amount is used to provide care for a dependent child or for an incapacitated person who is living in the same home as the dependent child;
49.19(5)(a)4s.b. b. The person receiving care is also receiving aid under this section; and
49.19(5)(a)4s.c. c. The person requires care during the month that aid is received.
49.19(5)(a)5. 5. The disregards specified in subds. 2. to 4s. and par. (am) do not apply to the earned income of any person who violates 45 CFR 233.20 (a) (11) (iii).
49.19(5)(am)1.1. Except as provided under subd. 1m., instead of the disregards under par. (a) 4. and 4m., after disregarding the amounts specified under par. (a) 2., $30 of earned income and an amount equal to one-sixth of the remaining earned income not disregarded shall be disregarded from the earned income of a person specified in par. (a) 2. These disregards do not apply to:
49.19(5)(am)1.a. a. The earned income of a person who has received the disregards for 12 consecutive months, until the person ceases to receive aid for 12 consecutive months.
49.19(5)(am)1.b. b. Earned income derived from a training or retraining project.
49.19(5)(am)1.c. c. The earned income of a person whose income exceeds the person's need, unless the person has received aid under this section in any of the 4 months preceding the month in which the income exceeds the need.
49.19(5)(am)1m. 1m. If a waiver under subd. 2. is granted, the department may select individuals to whom the disregards under par. (a) 4. and 4m. apply, rather than the disregard under subd. 1., as a control group for all or part of the period during which the waiver is in effect.
49.19(5)(am)2. 2. The department shall request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services to permit the application of the earned income disregards in subd. 1. Subdivision 1. does not apply unless a federal waiver is in effect. If a waiver is received, the department shall implement subd. 1. no later than the first day of the 6th month beginning after the waiver is approved.
49.19(5)(as) (as) The department shall request, but may not implement, a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services to establish an earned income disregard that is equal to the first $200 of earned income plus 50 percent of the remaining earned income, instead of the amount under par. (a) or (am), and that is not reduced after a specified period. The department shall request the waiver no later than September 1, 1992.
49.19(5)(b) (b) Such family budget shall be based on a standard budget, including the parents or other person who may be found eligible to receive aid under this section.
49.19(5)(c) (c) The aid allowed under this subsection may be given in the form of supplies or commodities or vouchers for the same, in lieu of money, as a type of remedial care authorized under sub. (1) (c), whenever the giving of aid in such form is deemed advisable by the director of the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 dispensing such aid as a means either of attempting to rehabilitate a particular person having the care and custody of any such children or of preventing the misuse or mismanagement by such person of aid in the form of money payments.
49.19(5)(ce) (ce) At the request of a recipient of aid under this section, the department shall provide the portion of the grant equal to the amount of the recipient's rent to the recipient's landlord in the form of a rent voucher or by an alternative payment method.
49.19(5)(cm)1.1. In this paragraph, “ direct payment" means a check which is drawn in favor of the landlord of a recipient of aid under this section.
49.19(5)(cm)2. 2. A direct payment shall be made whenever a recipient of aid under this section has failed to pay rent to the landlord for 2 months or more, unless the failure to pay rent is authorized by law.
49.19(5)(cm)3. 3. If a landlord reports to a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 that a recipient has failed to pay rent for 2 or more months, the county department shall do all of the following:
49.19(5)(cm)3.a. a. Inform the recipient of the report.
49.19(5)(cm)3.b. b. Investigate the report.
49.19(5)(cm)3.c. c. If it determines that the conditions for issuing a direct payment under subd. 2. are met, inform the recipient of the right to a fair hearing on the issue of whether direct payment of rent should be made and inform the department of health services of its determination.
49.19(5)(cm)3.d. d. If it determines that direct payments should not be made, inform the recipient and the landlord of that determination.
49.19(5)(cm)4. 4. When it has been determined that a direct payment of rent should be made, the department of health services shall issue the recipient's monthly grant in 2 checks, a direct payment for the amount of the rent and a check drawn in favor of the recipient for the balance of the grant amount.
49.19(5)(cm)5. 5. The county department shall review each case in which a direct payment is being made at least once every 12 months and whenever a recipient reports that a condition under subd. 6. for the cessation of direct payments exists.
49.19(5)(cm)6. 6. The county department shall inform the department of health services, and the department of health services shall cease making a direct payment, when the county department determines that any of the following conditions exists:
49.19(5)(cm)6.a. a. A direct payment has been made for 24 consecutive months.
49.19(5)(cm)6.b. b. The recipient has reimbursed the landlord for all back rent owed.
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 46, through all Orders of the Controlled Substances Board filed before and in effect on June 16, 2021, and through all Supreme Court Orders filed before and in effect on April 15, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after June 16, 2021, other than those made by Supreme Court Order No. 20-07, are designated by NOTES. (Published 6-16-21)