United States Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Jan 26, 1994
Mr. Chris Walters
Post Office Box 1475
Rockport, Texas 78381
Dear Mr. Walters:
Thank you for your letter to the Deputy Administrator concerning the Food
Stamp Program. Your letter has been referred to us for response.
You stated that some State agencies refused to close your food stamp case.
We assume that you wanted your food stamp cases closed because you moved
from one place to another. Households are to report changes of residence
and certain other changes to their local food stamp office within 10 days
of the date the change becomes known to the household. Therefore, if you
did report your change of residence as soon as you knew you were going to
move, it appears that the food stamp office would have closed your food
stamp case for you. Additionally, within certain exceptions, individuals
must be living in the project areas where they apply for food stamps and
cannot receive food stamps in more than one project area in any month.
Under the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, the Food Stamp Progam
operates under Federal rules that are basically the same everywhere in the
country. The law makes State Agencies and their local offices responsible
for the day-to-day activities of the program. Therefore, if you reported
to your local food stamp office that you were going to move and your case
was not closed, you may want to contact someone at the State level food
stamp office. In Texas, you may contact Mr. Terry Trimble, Assistant
Commissioner, Texas Department of Human Service, Post Office Box 149030,
Austin, Texas 78714-9030. The telephone number of this office is (512)
You also stated California, Oregon, and Washington only open cases for
homeless applicants for 2 months at a time, while Arizona and Texas allow
a much longer period. You imply that this violates the requirements of
Sec. 5 (2014) (b) of the Food Stamp Act that there be uniform national
standards of eligibility. The Food Stamp Program does have uniform
national standards of eligibility. That does not mean, however, that each
State agency must run the program in exactly the same way as every other
We have checked with our regional offices that oversee the States you
mentioned. They have informed us that the certification periods for
homeless households in those States are as follows: Arizona--from 2 to
6 months; California--2 to 12 months; Nevada--at least 6 months; Oregon--
1 to 12 months; Texas --3 to 6 months; and Washington--2 to 12 months.
Under the Food Stamp Act, the Secretary of Agriculture has issued rules on
certification periods. State agencies must follow these rules. The rule
on length of certification periods is found at 7 CRF 273,10(F)(4). It states
that State agencies must assign the longest certification period possible in
view of the household's circumstances. This decision will not be the same
in each decision on a certification period, even though the circumstances
may appear similar to the household involved. We have enclosed for your
convenience a copy of the rule cited previously, along with other related
information on this matter.
If you have other questions or problems with the Food Stamp Program, you
should contact local or State level food stamp office. We hope this information
is helpful to you. If we can be of further
assistance, please let me know. We are returning the paper concerning the
reissuance of your food stamps.
Judith M. Seymour
Certification Policy Branch
Program Development Division
Oak Hills Medical Center Hotel
Hotel Janitor 1978
7401 Wurzbach Road,
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio-Family Reunion
I got to stay in Oak Hills Motor Inn for several days for Christmas with my relatives. Checked into Salvation Army before XMAS-very crowded. After Christmas
checked into SAMM, very nice shelter. Mom gives me an extra $100.00 for XMAS ($240 in Dec-Yea Mom) The Cedar trees are
sort of thick around San Antonio and my allergies are explaining to me it is time to get on the bus and leave. Off to Austin we go. Letter to Bonny O'Neil about
food stamp problems certified US mail P 857 960 096 12-22-93.
I filed action in U.S. District Court charging Texas with interstate food stamp fraud-seasons greetings. Walters V. Raiford USDC SA-93-CA-1115. Motion for Reconsideration; Notice of Amended Complaint; and Complaint mailed
Certified P 839 223 384 to Clerk USDC at Tucson, AZ return reciept requested. Service on Bonny O'Neil P 392 538 038 mailed 12-27-93 from downtown. Service on
Defendant Linda Blessing, from Kinko on 3700 NW Loop 410 on 12-26-93 Reciept #46193, Register 2.
Letter to Texas Office Inspector General and copies of Complaints USDC by Certified mail P 839 232 488 from Milan Building 12-28-93 return reciept request.
Letter to Bonny O'Neil USDA copy USDC Complaints certified Mail P 839 232 487 from Milam Building 12-28-93 return reciept requested. Letter to Director Louis
Freech of FBI in D.C. about Organized Crime problems in USDC. Letter to Congressman Gonzalez about Complaints USDC and questions constitutionality law
Food Stamp Act. Law Library useful for use of typewriter, preparing legal documents.
Where Is Attorney
When You Need One?
Searching for lawyer for Walters V. Click: Frank Tevine suggest Tinsman and
Hauser. Tinsman and Hauser suggest Michele Petty. Tinsman and Hauser state they
sent me letter about matter. Buy bus ticket to Austin-$15.00:
Checked into Salvation Army Lodge-some drug use going on in dormitory-crowded.
Letter to US Attorney about food stamp fraud and Complaints in USDC.
Copy of US Attorney letter and Complaints to Office of Dan Morales State Attorney
General Texas. Mere mortals not allowed upstairs, the materials left with guards
in lobby. Copy of US Attorney letter and Complaints to Office of Texas Homeless Coordinator
attention Larry Crumpton: Director TDH&CA in Austin,(512-475-3805) Copy of US
Attorney letter and minor copies to Andrew Shorti of Texas Homeless Network.
Filed change address from Rockport to Tallahassee, Florida 12-30-93. Asked by
letter for Arizona to closed my case again. Certified Item P-422 548 167
to Ramiro Carlon AZ DES 55 N 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ; return reciept requested.
Mailed 12-29-03 from Austin, TX.
16100 Sierra Hwy
Mojave, CA 93501
More Missing Mail
Onward To Florida
Letter 12-29-94 to Rick Owens APG for backpaycheck lost. Letter to White Motel
in Mohave for ID and Birth Certificate to be returned. Austin has Cedar trees who
are also unhappy about my presence in allergy season. Kerville Bus Company-reissues
my ticket to Florida through Houston,etc....
New Years 94 Beaumont,TX: Rest time here at the Salvation Army-very Christian and
caring people. Mystery why Greyhound has to reissue ticket into Florida again-oh
well. Greyhound ride into Tallahassee 1-2-94 no problems.
Staying at the Shelter which has finally re-opened and is nice. Should be able
to work here; after 15 days become permanent.