1115.035.25.15 Mandatory Utility Standards

IM-#117, September 8, 2017, IM-60 May 30, 2017, IM-#89 September 23, 2015, IM-#47 September 10, 2014, IM-#19 March 24, 2014, IM-#80 September 10, 2013, IM-#85 October 18, 2012, IM-#51 September 2, 2011, IM-#68 September 03, 2008IM-#79 August 28, 2007, IM-#84 August 31, 2006, IM-#124 October 21,2005, IM-#150 November 14, 2003, IM-#125 September 19, 2003, IM-#174 September 21, 2001

If the EU incurs an allowable utility expense, budget the appropriate mandatory utility standard(s). Use client statement for verification of utility expenses, unless questionable. If questionable, record a comment on the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen explaining why the shelter expenses are questionable.

Utility expenses are charges for:

The follow are not considered utility costs:

The mandatory utility standards are as follows:

1115.035.25.20 Utility Decision Period

IM-#52 May 30, 2013, IM-#50 September 2, 2011 IM-#36 April 22, 2010, IM-#124 October 21,2005, IM-#125 September 19, 2003, IM-#1 January 15, 1999

Determine the appropriate standard for utility expenses for each EU at the following times:

If the EU reports an address change, but does not report a change in shelter expenses:

If the EU reports an address change and a change in shelter expenses:

1115.035.25.25 Special Situations

IM-#33 June 24, 2014, IM-#47 April 25,2006, IM-#124 October 21,2005, IM-#150 November 14, 2003, IM-#125 September 19, 2003, IM-#33 March 3, 2003, IM-#208 December 4, 2001, IM-#1 January 15, 1999

Use the following policy for EUs with special circumstances.

1115.035.25.35 Shelter Costs of a Vacated Home

IM-#50 September 2, 2011 IM-#150 November 14, 2003, IM-#61 May 21, 1999

The EU is eligible for utility expenses of a vacated home not occupied by the EU because of employment or training away from home, illness, or abandonment caused by a natural disaster or casualty loss. The EU must intend to return to the home for the shelter costs of the vacated home to be allowed as a deduction. The home must not be leased or rented during the absence of the EU. The current occupants of the home, if any, must not be claiming shelter costs for food stamp purposes.

1115.035.25.40 Homeless Utility Expense

IM-#150 November 14, 2003, IM-#1 January 15, 1999

Use the NHCS in determining shelter costs for homeless EUs that incur or are billed for two or more utility expense for all or part of the month. Use the LUA in determining shelter costs for homeless EUs that incur or are billed for only one utility expense for all or part of the month. The EU is not entitled to the NHCS or LUA if it is not billed for utility costs separately from the rent.