Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Section 805 - Definition of Homeless Individual

Last Modified: 04/11/2014

Section 805 - Definition of Homeless Individual

Q. A household living in the residence of another person can only be considered homeless for 90 days. When does the 90-day time period begin?

A. We will either address this in the regulations or allow State flexibility in this area. In the interim, a State agency may use its discretion.

Q. If there is a break in participation during the 90-day period, does the 90-day period start over upon reapplication? What if the individual is at the same address as before the break?

A. We will either address this in the regulations or allow State flexibility in this area. In the interim, States may use their discretion.

Q. If a person moves from the residence of one individual to the residence of another individual, does the 90-day period start again?

A. We will either address this in the regulations or allow State flexibility in this area. In the interim, a State agency may use its discretion.

Q. What is the significance of retaining the homeless definition if we are eliminating homeless from expedited service?

A. It is needed because of the optional homeless shelter deduction and States are supposed to develop special operating procedures for them.

Q. To what type of shelters does the 90-day homeless provision apply?

A. It only applies to people living in the residence of another person, i.e. no shelters.