1115.035.25 Excess Shelter Cost

IM-#59, October 1, 2018, IM-#117, September 8, 2017, IM-#89 September 23, 2015, IM-#47 September 10, 2014, IM-#80 September 10, 2013, IM-#79 September 4, 2012, IM-#51 September 2, 2011, IM-#58 September 2, 2010,   IM-#62 August 28, 2009, IM-#68 September 03, 2008IM-#79 August 28, 2007IM-#84 August 31, 2006IM-#102 September 1, 2005  IM-#111 October 22, 2004  IM-#125 September 19, 2003IM-#174 September 21, 2001

Food Stamp EUs, including the homeless, incurring shelter expenses may receive an excess shelter deduction. The excess shelter deduction:

Shelter costs are entered on the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen. FAMIS uses the expenses entered on (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen to calculate the EU's excess shelter deduction. EUs entitled to the Standard Utility Allowance must have a primary heating or cooling expense entered on the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen and "Y" entered in the Primary H/C field.

Always review the Budget Summary screen (FSBUDSUM/FM4A) prior to authorizing a case action. From the Budget Summary Screen press FI5=EXPSUM to review the Expense Summary screen to ensure expenses you expect to be budgeted are included in the budget. If the expense is incorrect, return to the Shelter Expense (SHELEXP/FMXK) screen and correct the expenses.

1115.035.25.05 Allowable Shelter Costs

IM-#102 September 1, 2005  IM-#111 October 22, 2004  IM-#125 September 19, 2003IM-#174 September 21, 2001

Shelter costs are as incurred or as billed rather than as paid. Shelter costs do not include penalty fees (late payment charges on rent, mortgages, property insurance, and/or property taxes). Money paid to the EU by individuals outside the EU for shelter costs are considered income to the EU and are allowable shelter deductions.

If more than one food stamp EU, including individuals in DMH apartment placements, lives in one apartment and more than one EU pays the rent, each food stamp EU is entitled to a prorated share of the rent.

Shelter costs consist of the costs of the following. The expense type is listed in parenthesis.

Shelter costs do not consist of:

1115.035.25.06 Vacated Home

IM-#50 September 2, 2011  IM-#102 September 1, 2005  IM-#111 October 22, 2004

The shelter costs for a vacated home temporarily not occupied by the EU because of employment or training away from home, illness, or abandonment caused by a natural disaster or casualty loss may be allowed as a shelter expense. The EU must intend to return to the home for the shelter costs of the unoccupied 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. Charges for repair of the home damaged or destroyed due to a natural disaster may be allowed unless the EU is reimbursed by public or private agencies, insurance, or some other source.

Enter shelter costs for a vacated home on the Shelter Expense (FMXK) screen. There are three valid types of shelter expenses for vacated homes. They are:

Type or prompt for the appropriate code. (See Section 1115.035.25.35) Enter the rent or house payment including the appropriate utility standard or actual expense in the Amount field. If the EU claims utility costs for both an occupied and unoccupied home and incurs a telephone expense for either home, enter the telephone expense as a phone expense on the Shelter Expense (FMXK) screen. Enter a comment regarding the actual amount being paid by the EU and the reason for entering the telephone standard.