Use the following special definitions when deciding who to include in a SNAP unit.
- Elderly Disabled Status - A person who meets elderly disabled status and lives with others can be a separate SNAP unit. If the elderly disabled person lives with their spouse, the spouse must be included in the same unit.
A person meets elderly disabled status if that person is:
- age 60 or older, and
- cannot buy and prepare their food because they suffer from a severe disability considered permanent under the Social Security Act (see WAG 05-06-01-a for the list of disabilities), and
- the gross income of the people that they live with is less than 165% of the poverty level (see WAG 04-05-02 for the gross income chart).
- A parent, defined as:
Parental control means that a person is financially or nonfinancially dependent on a non-parent adult unit member.
Parental control does not apply to persons living with their spouse and/or child(ren).
- Spouses are persons who are:
- married to each other under state law, including same sex marriages, see (WAG 04-05-03); or
- living together and holding themselves out to the community as husband and wife by representing themselves as such to friends, relatives, neighbors, or tradespeople.
Note: Couples who are in a civil union are not considered spouses. Grant separate SNAP unit status if food is bought and prepared separately, see (WAG 04-05-03).