BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho will continue to let people with more
than $2,000 in assets receive food stamps, at least through May.
The Legislature's House Health and Welfare Committee reaffirmed
the waiver Tuesday allowing a family of three with stocks, bonds or
other assets worth more than $2,000 to continue receiving federally
funded food stamps.
Starting last May, the state's Department of Health and Welfare
temporarily waived the asset test because it wanted to help the
newly unemployed who needed food stamps but had too many assets to
Spokesman Tom Shanahan says his agency has seen a steady
increase in food stamp applications since September 2007. There are
about 179,000 people receiving benefits now in Idaho.
Shanahan told the Associated Press waiving the test means people
who are trying to use their savings to pay rent or make mortgage
payments can still pay for food. Those who qualify receive an
average of about $130 worth of food stamps a month.
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