1115.000.00 Income

1115.035.25 Excess Shelter Cost

IM-81 September 21, 2023; IM-129 September 29, 2022; IM-102 October 1, 2021; IM-144 October 1, 2020; IM-149 September 27, 2019; IM-100 July 3, 2019; IM-117 September 8, 2017; IM-89 September 23, 2015; IM-47 September 10, 2014; IM-80 September 10, 2013; IM-79 September 4, 2012; IM-51 September 2, 2011; IM-58 September 2, 2010IM-62 August 28, 2009; IM-68 September 3, 2008; IM-79 August 28, 2007; IM-84 August 31, 2006; IM-102 September 1, 2005; IM-111 October 22, 2004; IM-125 September 19, 2003; IM-174 September 21, 2001

SNAP households, including the homeless, incurring shelter expenses may receive an excess shelter deduction. The excess shelter deduction:

  • is the monthly shelter costs that exceed 50 percent of the household’s income after all other deductions have been allowed,
  • cannot exceed the maximum deduction for housing and utility expense for households without any elderly or disabled members (refer to the SNAP Program Changes Flyer for the current excess shelter deduction maximum), and
  • has no maximum for households containing a member who meets the elderly/disabled definition (see 1100.010.00 Definitions).

Shelter costs are entered on the Shelter Expense screen. The eligibility system uses the expenses entered to calculate the household’s excess shelter deduction. Households entitled to the Standard Utility Allowance must have a primary heating or cooling expense entered on the Shelter Expense screen and “Y” entered in the Primary H/C field.

Always review the Budget Summary screen prior to authorizing a case action. From the Budget Summary Screen, review the Expense Summary screen to ensure expenses you expect to be budgeted are included in the budget. If the expense is incorrect, return to the Shelter Expense screen and correct the expenses.