Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual

1115.035.25 Excess Shelter Cost

IM-102 October 1, 2021; IM-#144, October 1, 2020; IM-#149, September 27, 2019, IM-#100, July 3, 2019, IM-#117, September 8, 2017IM-#89 September 23, 2015IM-#47 September 10, 2014IM-#80 September 10, 2013IM-#79 September 4, 2012IM-#51 September 2, 2011IM-#58 September 2, 2010,   IM-#62 August 28, 2009IM-#68 September 03, 2008IM-#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 $597 for households without any elderly or disabled members.
  • has no maximum for households containing a member who meets the elderly/disabled definition.

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.