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Date: May 30, 2001           Reference #: TEXCAP 2001-04
To: Texas Commodity Assistance Program (TEXCAP) Contractors
Subject: Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowances (FSSA)

This Notice is being sent to you in case you receive inquiries from Texas Commodity Assistance Program (TEXCAP) applicants or participants regarding their receipt of Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) payments.

The Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-398) requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to pay certain low income service members and their families a FSSA payment of up to $500 a month so that the families will not have to rely on food stamps. DOD began making FSSA payments to eligible service members in May, 2001. The FSSA payments are being reported on service members' earnings statements along with their regular earnings.

FSSA payments are considered income to the household and TEXCAP applicants/participants should include FSSA payments when they report their household income on their application for TEXCAP commodities. Some service members may be receiving both food stamps and FSSA payments; these families would be categorically eligible for TEXCAP because of their receipt of food stamps.

Texas Department of Human Services · 701 W. 51st Street · Austin, Texas 78751
P.O. Box 149030 · Austin, Texas 78714-9030
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