Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Household Concept

 

Revised: 

 

2.12

BOARDERS

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1240-1-2-.02(5)(a)

Definition of a Boarder

 

1.      A boarder is an individual residing with others to whom he/she is paying reasonable compensation for lodging and meals.

 

2.      Boarder status can only be granted to the following:           

                                   

(i)     Parents living with natural, adopted or step-children or the reverse (children living with parents) if the children are age 22 or over. For applications, a 22-year old is eligible for boarder status as of his 22nd birthday.  For recertification, a 22-year old is eligible for boarder status in the first month following his 22nd birthday.

 

(ii)   Children under age 18 living with an adult (other than a parent) if the adult is not acting in a parental role to the child.

 

(iii) Individuals who pay “reasonable” compensation for room and board.

 

3.      Determining Reasonable Compensation

 

Use only the amount paid for meals to determine if the individual pays reasonable compensation, provided that the amount paid for meals is distinguishable from the amount paid for lodging.

 

Determine reasonable monthly compensation by either one of the following:

 

(i)  When the board arrangement is for more than two meals a day, the boarder must pay an amount equal to or exceeding the Thrifty Food Plan for the appropriate size of the boarder household.

 

(ii)  When the board arrangement is for two meals or less per day, the boarder must pay an amount equal to or exceeding two-thirds of the Thrifty Food Plan for the appropriate size of the boarder household.

 

Glossary of Terms

 

1240-1-2-.02(5)(b)

Ineligible As Separate Households

 

Boarders are ineligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program separate and apart from the household providing the room and board.

 

They may participate as members of the household providing the room and board, only at the household’s request. At this point, they are household members.

 

 

1240-1-2-.02(5)(c)

Eligibility of Household Providing the Room and Board

 

The household in which the boarder resides may participate if it meets all of the eligibility requirements.

 

 

1240-1-2-.02(5)(d)

Treatment of Income and Resources

 

Do not count the income and resources of a boarder who is not included as a member of the household. Consider the amount of payment that the boarder gives the household as self-employment income.

 

When the boarder is a household member, count his/her income and resources as available in their entirety to the household.

 

 

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