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OLGT 2019-21: SNAP: Separate Household Status for Severely Disabled Individuals

Date: 
04/04/2019
Author: 
DTA

A person who lives with others but purchases and prepares meals separate and apart from others can be considered a separate household. 

Any person who is:

  • considered too disabled to purchase and prepare his/her own food, and 
  • who has arranged to have food purchased and prepared separately on their behalf 

may be granted separate household status. Even if the person(s) who shops for food or prepares meals for the disabled person is residing with the disabled person, the disabled person may claim separate household status.
 
Separate household status cannot be granted if those individuals purchasing and preparing on behalf of the disabled individual live in the same household as the disabled individual and are subject to mandatory inclusion according to SNAP rules.

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