Shelters for battered women and children include public or private non-profit residential facilities serving battered women and their children. If such a facility serves other individuals, a portion of the facility must be set aside on a long-term basis to serve only battered women and children. If the center does not meet the criteria above, reject the application using WIRJ with reason ineligible living arrangements (ILA). Refer to the Worker Initiated Rejection user guide for instructions.
Prior to certifying residents in these shelters, determine the shelter for battered women and children meets the definition above. Consider shelters having FNS authorization to use Food Stamp benefits at wholesalers as meeting the definition; no further determination is required.
Many shelter residents recently left an EU containing the person who abused them. Their former EU may be receiving Food Stamp benefits, and its certification may be based on an EU size that includes the woman and children who left.
When clearing the address for shelter residents, use living arrangement code SW. This living arrangement code allows a PO Box as the supercase/residential address, allows multiple supercases at the same address, and allows duplicate participation for the first month only. Enter the shelter's address as the supercase/residential address. If the individual has a mailing address other than the shelter address, enter the mailing address on Person Detail (FM0I) screen. Mail will go to the shelter/supercase address rather than the mailing address.
Residents of shelters for battered women and children must meet the eligibility requirements with the necessary verification and recording for citizenship, residency, EU determination, resources, income and expenses, work registration, and expedited service. Consider resources inaccessible to persons residing in shelters for battered women and children if:
Certify shelter residents applying as separate EUs solely on the basis of income and expenses for which they are responsible. Certify without regard to income, resources, and expenses of their former EU. Consider room payments to the shelter as shelter expenses.
For residents of shelters for battered women and children entitled to expedited service, ensure benefits are available to the participant no later than the seventh calendar day following the date the application was filed.
Take prompt action to ensure that the former EU's eligibility or allotment reflects the change in the EU's composition, by sending the EU a notice of adverse action and act upon the change in accordance with changes in circumstance.
Residents of shelters for battered women and children may use their food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared especially for them at a shelter which is authorized by FNS to redeem at wholesalers.
For a shelter not authorized by FNS as a retailer to use the benefits on behalf of the EU an employee of the shelter must be shown as the authorized representative for the EU.