Definition of Indigence

 

A person is “indigent” if they meet any of the following conditions:

  1. The person meets the income criteria set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 68632 of the Government Code.
  2. The person receives public benefits from any of the programs listed in subdivision (a) of Section 68632 of the Government Code.

 

Government Code Section 68632:

Section (a) -

  • Supplemental Security income (SSI)
  • California Work Opportunity (CalWorks)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ((Food Stamps)
  • County Relief, General Relief (GR) or General Assistance (GA)
  • Cash Assistance Program for Aged, Blind and Disabled Legal Immigrants
  • In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
  • Medi-Cal

 

Section (b) - An applicant whose monthly income is 125 percent or less of the current poverty guidelines updated periodically in the federal Register by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Proof of Indigence

 

The person may demonstrate that he or she is indigent by providing either of the following information, as applicable:

  1. Proof of income from a pay stub or another form of proof of earnings, such as a bank statement, that shows the individual meets the income criteria set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 68632 of the Government Code.
  2. Proof of receipt of benefits under the programs described in subdivision (a) of Section 68632 of the Government Code. Proof of receipt will consist of a copy of the most recent Verification of benefits form, Notice of Action (Approval) Letter or Award letter.

 

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