Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CHANGE AND MANUAL REVISION TO INTRODUCE THE HOMELESS STANDARD DEDUCTION
MANUAL REVISION #
1115.035.25.40 Homeless Standard Deduction
The purpose of this memo is to inform staff of the SNAP, also known as Food Stamp Program, change and manual update regarding Homeless Standard Deduction required by the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of the 2018 Farm Bill. The manual explains the Homeless Standard deduction. The eligibility system has been updated to compare the Homeless Standard Deduction and the other utility allowances, including Standard Utility Allowance, Non Heating/ Cooling Standard, Lower Utility Allowance, and Telephone Standard to determine which is more beneficial to the participant. The amount of the deduction is currently $152.06. This amount could adjust with the annual mass adjustment.
The participant has to be considered homeless per definition and must have a qualifying expense to be allowed the Homeless Standard Deduction. Entering “Y” to the Homeless (Y/N) field on the Application Detail screen will allow the system to compare the Homeless Standard Deduction.
• Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.