Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

1115.035.25.20 Utility Decision Period

IM-#52 May 30, 2013IM-#50 September 2, 2011 IM-#36 April 22, 2010IM-#124 October 21,2005IM-#125 September 19, 2003IM-#1 January 15, 1999

Determine the appropriate standard for utility expenses for each EU at the following times:

  • at certification,
  • at recertification, and
  • when a change in utility arrangements occur.

If the EU reports an address change, but does not report a change in shelter expenses:

  • Do not ask if the EU incurs utility expenses or had a change in utility expenses.
  • Change the address and continue to budget shelter costs determined at the certification or last action.
  • Record a comment on the Eligibility Unit Member Role (EUMEMROL/FM3Z) screen regarding the reported address change, and that a change in shelter expenses was not reported.

If the EU reports an address change and a change in shelter expenses:

  • Enter the appropriate information on the Shelter Expense (FMXK) screen and authorize the action to adjust the Food Stamp benefits.
  • Record a comment on the Eligibility Unit Member Role (EUMEMROL/FM3Z) screen regarding the reported address change and shelter expenses.