IM-188 10/18/01 FOOD STAMP HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION CLARIFICATION
|FOOD STAMP HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION CLARIFICATION|
|The call-up of military reservists in
response to recent events has brought disruptions to many families.
This memorandum addresses some of the household composition issues that
may arise due to absent family members and unusual living arrangements.
Policy has not changed.
When it is clear that a family member is not living at home but is now living with his/her military unit, do not consider the individual a part of the food stamp household. However, any portion of his/her paycheck made available to the family is counted as unearned income to the household. Similarly, any of the absent family member's resources to which the household has access is counted as a resource.
Families may resort to unusual living arrangements to cope with financial and emotional stresses caused by the call-up and deployment. Each case will need to be looked at individually to determine whether a household is sharing living quarters or if one household is a roomer. Households that share expenses, such as paying rent separately or together to a landlord outside of the home and splitting utilities, are entitled to a prorated share of the shelter expenses. Allow each household's portion of the rent and a prorated amount of the appropriate utility standard.
Staff may find it helpful to review the following sections of the Food Stamp Manual: