Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual – Table of Contents

1115.035.25 Excess Shelter Cost

IM-#144, October 01, 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

Food Stamp EUs, 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 EU’s income after all other deductions  have been allowed.
  • cannot exceed $586 for EUs without any elderly or disabled members.
  • has no maximum for EUs containing a member who meets the elderly/disabled definition.

Shelter costs are entered on the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen. FAMIS uses the expenses entered on (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen to calculate the EU’s excess shelter deduction. EUs entitled to the Standard Utility Allowance must have a primary heating or cooling expense entered on the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen and “Y” entered in the Primary H/C field.

Always review the Budget Summary screen (FSBUDSUM/FM4A) prior to authorizing a case action. From the Budget Summary Screen press FI5=EXPSUM to 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 (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen and correct the expenses.