Temporary Assistance/Case Management Manual

0205.005.05 Property Counted as a Resource

IM-#154 November 21, 2002

Include property owned by the parent(s) and eligible child(ren) in the home.  If there is a stepparent, consider the full value of property owned jointly by the parent and stepparent.  If the parent is not one of the record owners, do not consider the value of property owned by the stepparent.  If a needy non-parent caretaker relative (NPCR) or legal guardian is included in the assistance group, count in full the property owned by the NPCR or legal guardian and their spouse.

If a husband or wife own property jointly and desertion or abandonment occurs or one spouse is in a hospital or nursing home on a continuing basis (thus the husband and wife are living apart and the children are considered deprived of parental support), consider one-half of the combined equity in jointly-owned property in determining each claimant’s eligibility.

If a parent or child receives SSI or SP, do not consider any property owned in its entirety by the SSI or SP recipient in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.  Consider property owned jointly by an SSI or SP recipient and an Temporary Assistance payee or eligible child as follows.

Include full equity of real property owned jointly by the SSI or SP recipient and the Temporary Assistance payee in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.  EXCEPTION:  If the SSI or SP recipient and Temporary Assistance payee are unmarried parents of the Temporary Assistance child, exclude the SSI or SP recipient’s portion of real property in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.

Prorate the value of any personal property owned jointly by the SSI or SP recipient and the Temporary Assistance payee or eligible children between or among the owners.  Include that portion owned by those other than the SSI or SP recipient in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.

EXAMPLE:  An SSI or SP recipient and spouse who is the Temporary Assistance payee have a joint bank account.  Consider only one-half the balance in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.  If an eligible child’s name is also on the account, consider two-thirds of the balance in determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance.