Shelter Deduction for Homeless Households

 

Homeless Individual

A homeless individual is a person who lacks a fixed and regular nighttime residence or whose primary nighttime residence is:

Eligible homeless households may use all or part of the SNAP benefits issued to them for meals prepared and served by a public or private nonprofit establishment (for example, a soup kitchen or temporary shelter), provided that it’s approved by an appropriate state or local agency to feed homeless persons and authorized by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as a retail food outlet.

 

Homeless Shelter/Utility Deduction

Households in which all members are homeless and live in a homeless shelter or with someone else who incurs or reasonably expects to incur shelter or utility expenses are eligible for the standard homeless shelter/utility deduction.
Certain homeless households temporarily living in the home of someone else are allowed actual shelter expenses and the appropriate SUA, provided the client verifies that the shelter expenses s/he incurs exceed the standard homeless shelter/utility deduction.

Households that receive the standard homeless shelter/utility deduction are neither entitled to the shelter deduction nor the standard utility allowance since the homeless shelter/utility deduction already includes both shelter and utility costs.
For homeless households, you must verify and enter shelter expenses only when the actual shelter expenses incurred by the client will yield a shelter deduction that is higher than the Homeless shelter/utility deduction.

 

Homeless Indicator
When the Homeless Indicator on the BEACON Address page is checked, BEACON will automatically determine whether the household will receive the homeless shelter/utility deduction or an actual shelter deduction, whichever is higher.
The Homeless Indicator must be reviewed whenever a client previously flagged as “homeless” reports a change in address (mailing, current, and/or permanent), shelter expenses, and/or utility expenses.

Address Page Visited

When a Current, Permanent or Mailing address is present in BEACON on the Address page and the Homeless Indicator is checked, a BEACON pop-up will appear when the Address page is opened.  This will occur at case maintenance, IR, recertification, or reapplication whenever the Address page is visited. The pop-up will read:

 

 

Address is Being Changed

When a Current, Permanent or Mailing address is changed in the Address page and the Homeless Indicator is checked, a BEACON pop-up will appear with a Yes/No option. This will occur if a case is active or a household known to BEACON has reapplied. The pop-up will read:

 

 

Shelter Expense is Being Changed

When a change is made to a client’s expenses in the Shelter Expense page and the Homeless Indicator is checked, BEACON will create a hard-edit for you to revisit the Address page and generate a pop-up. This will occur if a case is active or a household known to BEACON has reapplied. The pop-up will read:

 

 

SUA is Being Changed

When a change is made to a client’s expenses in the Standard Utility Allowance page and the Homeless Indicator is checked, BEACON will create a hard-edit for you to revisit the Address page and generate a pop-up. This will occur if a case is active or a household known to BEACON has reapplied. The pop-up will read:

 

 

In each case, you must review the Address page and check or uncheck the Homeless Indicator as applicable.

 

Important

Failure to uncheck the Homeless Indicator for clients that are no longer homeless will prevent them from receiving   H-EAT benefits for which they may be qualified. For more information, see Heat and Eat. This will also cause large underpayment errors.

 

 

Entering Homeless Households Data

Homeless Households Policy and Procedures

 

 

  Last Update:  February 21, 2019