Department of Human Services
Food Stamp Online† Policy Manual
SEPARATE HOUSEHOLD STATUS
At times, individuals living together will request consideration as separate households. Individuals who live together but purchase and prepare their meals separately may be eligible for separate household status:
(1) Persons Not Eligible for Separate Household Status
(i) A spouse of a member of the household;
(ii) Children under 22 who are living with their parents; or
(iii) Children under 18 who are living with someone acting as a parent (parental control).
(2) Persons Eligible for Separate Household Status
(i) Siblings (not under parental control) who live together and who purchase and prepare separately;
(ii) Children (over 21) who live with their parents and purchase and prepare separately;
(iii) Individuals other than parents and siblings who share living quarters with a food stamp household, but who do not purchase and prepare meals with that household;
(iv) A person who is too disabled to purchase his or her own food but who has arranged to have his or her food purchased and prepared separately from those with whom he or she lives. Even if the person who shops for food or prepares meals for the disabled person lives with the disabled person, the disabled person may claim separate household status.; or
(v) An elderly and disabled individual (and spouse of that individual) living with others when:
∑ the elderly and disabled individual who is unable to purchase and prepare his/her own meals with others; and
∑ the combined gross income of the others with whom the elderly and disabled individual lives (not including the individual and spouse) does not exceed 165% of the poverty level.
Note:† Separate household status can be granted to either the elderly and disabled individual (and spouse) or the other individual(s) with whom the elderly and disabled individual lives, if both of the criteria are met.
(I) Procedures for Applying the 165% Gross Income Test
∑ Calculate the gross income of the others as if they were applying for Food Stamps.
∑ Do not include the income of the elderly and disabled person and that personís spouse in this calculation.
∑ Use the Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards for determining separate HH Status for the Elderly and Disabled Table in this section to determine the 165% Poverty Level figure.
∑ If the othersí income exceeds the 165% figure, do not grant separate household status to the elderly and disabled individual (and spouse). If the othersí income does not exceed the 165% figure, grant separate household status.
An individual wanting separate household status must:
∑ obtain the cooperation of the individual(s) with whom she/he lives in providing the necessary information; and
∑ provide (if requested) a physicianís statement that the elderly person is disabled as defined in FAM 1240-1-8-.01 and cannot purchase and prepare his/her own food.