Household Composition - SNAP

 

A SNAP household is defined as:

 

 

Note

 

In BEACON, a household includes everyone who lives in the home.  The BEACON terminology for those who receive benefits together is Assistance Unit.  

 

The following people or groups must be considered to be purchasing food and preparing meals together even if they do not do so, unless an exception applies (see 106 CMR 361.200 for complete information):

 

Note

For couples in a same-sex marriage, spouses must be included in one SNAP household.

 

 

 

The following people or groups must be considered to be purchasing food and preparing meals separately, even if they do not do so, unless an exception applies:

 

Special Situation

Families that include foster care children or foster care adults may choose either to include the foster care children or foster care adults in the SNAP household or to exclude them.

If the family chooses to include the foster care children or foster care adults, any foster care payments received by the household are countable in the SNAP eligibility determination; if the family chooses to exclude the foster care children or foster care adults, any foster care payments are not countable in the SNAP eligibility determination.

Foster care children and foster care adults are ineligible to participate in the SNAP program as a separate SNAP household from the foster care household.

 

Ineligible Clients

 

Note

In very limited situations, strikers are eligible. (See: 106 CMR 361.240)

 

SNAP Household Composition Job Aid

Household Composition Policy and Procedures - SNAP

 

 

  Last Update:  April 4, 2019