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

1135.005.25.05 Eligibility Determination

IM-#93 September 16, 2004,  IM-#53 March 23, 2000

The group living arrangement determines if any resident may apply for food stamp benefits on his/her own behalf. Determination is based on the resident’s physical and mental ability to handle his/her own affairs. Encourage the group living arrangement to consult with other state agencies providing other services to individual residents prior to determination.

  • If residents apply through the facility’s authorized representative, the resident must:
    • meet the same income and resource requirements as other EUs.
    • be certified as a one-person EU, and
    • permit the non-profit organization operating the facility to function as the resident’s authorized representative to apply for food stamp benefits.
  • Complete a full investigation as for any other applications. The following requirements must also be met.
    • The authorized representative must be the administrator of the group facility or written designee, be present at the interview, and sign the statement of eligibility.
    • Record the authorized representative’s name and address on the Representative Screen (FMMP).
    • Inform the authorized representative of the following.
      • The EBT and PIN are mailed in the resident’s name.
      • The authorized representative does not receive a EBT card or PIN.
      • The authorized representative does not hold the card for the resident, except by request of the resident for safekeeping. At no time should the PIN be given to the authorized representative.
    • The resident is exempt from work registration.
  • Determine EU size for eligible residents acting on their own behalf the same as for EUs living outside a group living arrangement. They may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared especially for them at a group living arrangement if the facility is authorized by FNS for that purpose, or to purchase food to prepare meals for their own consumption.