IM-54 03/23/00 BUDGET CONDOMINIUM FEES F/T FS PROGRAM/MAN REV #12
|BUDGETING CONDOMINIUM FEES FOR THE FOOD
MANUAL REVISION #12:
|IMNL is revised to reflect a change in policy in allowing condominium fees as a shelter expense for the Food Stamp Program. Effective immediately, allow the entire condominium fee as a shelter expense for condominium owners. Previously, condominium fees were allowable as a shelter cost only if they were identified as fees for a deductible expense for the Food Stamp Program.|
|trash collection) and telephone.
Utility costs are allowed by budgeting the appropriate utility standard.
For homeless households, the cost for shelter all or part of the month
is a shelter expense.
Shelter costs are as incurred or as billed rather than as paid. Shelter costs do not include penalty fees (late payment charges on utilities, rent, mortgages, property insurance, and/or property taxes).
Deduct monthly shelter costs in excess of 50 percent of the household's income after all other deductions have been allowed. The excess shelter deduction cannot exceed $275 for households not containing any aged or disabled members.
A household containing a member who meets the elderly/disabled definition receives an excess shelter deduction for the monthly cost that exceeds 50 percent of the household's monthly income after all other applicable deductions.
If more than one food stamp household lives
in one apartment and more than one household pays the rent and utilities,
each food stamp household is entitled to a prorated share of the rent and
appropriate utility standard.
Home Ownership or Rent
Include in shelter costs the continuing expense of the dwelling (including mobile home and lot rent) occupied by the household. Such costs are rent, mortgage, or other charges leading to the ownership of
the dwelling, including interest on such shelter costs. Include property taxes, state and local assessments, and insurance on the structure itself. For condominium owners allow the entire amount of the condominium fee as a shelter expense. Do not include separate costs for insuring furniture or personal belongings.
NOTE: Allow personal property
tax on a mobile home as a shelter expense. No other personal property
tax is allowable.
Mandatory Utility Standards
Utility costs are charges for heating and cooking fuel, electrictity, water, sewer, garbage and trash collection fees, telephone charges, and the fees charged by the utility provider for initial installation of the utility. One time deposits are not considered a utility cost. The costs of cutting wood (such as cutting permits, gas for chain saw, and equipment such as a chain saw) are not allowable shelter costs. If the household purchases wood for heating or cooking, allow it as a utility expense.
If the household incurs an allowable utility expense, budget the appropriate mandatory utility standard(s).
The mandatory utility standards are as follows:
1. Standard Utility Allowance (SUA)
Cooling costs are defined as verifiable utility expenses relating to the operation of air conditioning systems or room air conditioners. Cooling costs related to the operation of fans are not included.