Example: Clara has been unemployed for a year following a car accident. She shares an apartment; her share of the rent is $500/month. Clara explains during her SNAP interview that she’s been borrowing money from friends to pay her rent after running up debt on her credit card, and that she is planning to repay them. The money she borrows does not count for SNAP.
Cash contributions from legally-responsible persons – such as your spouse or the parent of your minor child - is countable unearned income. It must be reported to DTA, even if it is not court-ordered alimony or child support. However, if the money is paid directly to a third party (for example, if your spouse pays the landlord or the utility company directly), it is not countable. See Question 69.
Example: Susan works part time and also gets $400/month from the father of her child. There is no formal child support order, but Susan must report this income to DTA along with her earnings. However, if the father sends the $400 directly to Susan’s landlord, it does not count as income. But, Susan cannot claim as a SNAP shelter deduction the portion of rent paid directly by the father.
Cash contributions from friends, friends, or relatives who are not legally responsible for you does not count as income, as long as the money is earmarked for a specific purpose and does not cover the full amount of your rent, utilities or other needs. But, unlike loans you plan to repay, DTA may calculate your expenses at a lower amount because of the gift. See Question 70.
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