Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Special Living Arrangements




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(1)   Definitions


Homeless Individual


An individual who lacks a fixed and regular nighttime residence or an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:


·       a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations;

·       an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized;

·       a temporary accommodation in the residence of another individual; or

·       a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.


Shelter for the Homeless


A public or private non-profit facility that provides temporary shelter and meals to the homeless.


(2)   Application Process


Prior to certifying any individual residing in a shelter, the caseworker must substantiate that the shelter is non-profit and provides meals to the homeless.  The caseworker will contact the shelter to verify that meals are provided to the homeless without profit to the shelter.  If verification cannot be obtained through documentary evidence, the residents of the shelter may not be certified because they will be considered as residents of an institution; (Refer to Section 1240-1-2-.02).


(3)   Processing Standards


Applications for residents of a shelter will be processed under expedited or normal processing standards, whichever is applicable.


(4)   Certification Periods


Households will be assigned a one- or two-month certification period, in accordance with 1240-1-7-.01, due to what is usually a short stay in the shelter.


(5)   Mailing Benefits


Mail benefits to the county office, or the household’s post office box, to ensure the recipient receives his/her benefits.  Do not mail the EBT benefit card or PIN to the shelter’s address because the shelter cannot be held responsible for delivery of benefits to the recipient.


(6)   Authorized Representative


The shelter’s employees may not act as authorized representatives for the residents of the shelter.


(7)   Use of Benefits by Residents


The residents may use their benefits to purchase food to prepare meals for their own consumption, or to purchase prepared meals served by the shelter, if the shelter has been approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to accept benefits.


Glossary of Terms


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