Federal regulation changes will allow more of Utah's poorest families to receive food stamps on an expedited basis, according to a food stamp specialist with the Assistance Payments Administration.

Clyde Terry said that changes made in December 1987 add homeless people and households whose rent and utilities are greater than income and liquid assets to those who qualify to receive food stamps within five calendar days of application. Previously, households had to have less than $150 in gross monthly income and less than $100 in liquid assets, or be eligible migrant or seasonal farmworker households with less than $100 in order to qualify for the faster service.Terry's comments came during a "mini-training presentation" at the Utahns Against Hunger Anti-Hunger Conference Friday. The presentation was a shortened, "but basically the same" version of training that Department of Social Service employees who deal with food stamps receive.

With a normal application, it can take up to 30 days to receive the food stamps, Terry said. Those who qualify for expedited service, however, only have to provide identification, and that can be done with a "collateral contact" by bringing along someone to vouch for the applicant's identity. The remainder of the documentation normally used to qualify for food stamps must then be provided before the next allotment of stamps can be issued.

The in-office interview that is normally required to receive food stamps can be waived and conducted by telephone or a home visit if the department believes the waiver is warranted.