WAG 11-01-02-a.

When the client lives with other persons, determine if the client has a separate or shared living arrangement.

Separate Living Arrangement

The client has a separate living arrangement when:

  • they live in the same dwelling as their landlord and are required to pay a flat fee for shelter, and
  • they do not share any shelter or household expenses with the other persons in the dwelling, and
  • they are not under age 18 and living with their parents, or are not legally responsible for other persons living in the dwelling.

The client also has a separate living arrangement if they are acting as the landlord and are charging the other person(s) a flat shelter fee for living in the same dwelling.

Separate living arrangements are possible in a dwelling where the client's landlord is also the client's parent. The client's relationship to the other persons in the dwelling is not a factor, unless the client is under age 18 and living with their parent, or is legally responsible for another person in the dwelling.

Consider a non-responsible relative who is receiving TANF benefits for a child who lives with them as being in a separate living arrangement.

When the client has a separate living arrangement, do not prorate shelter and utility expenses among all the persons in the dwelling.

Shared Living Arrangement

The client is in a shared living arrangement when:

  • they pool their funds with all the other persons living in the dwelling to cover shelter and utility expenses; or
  • they share responsibility for shelter related expenses or daily household activities, including food purchases; or
  • they are under age 18 and living with their parent(s), or are legally responsible for other persons in the dwelling; or
  • they pay all shelter costs and provide free shelter to the other persons living in the dwelling.

When the client is legally responsible for another person living in the dwelling, or when the client lives with a person who is legally responsible for them, the living arrangement is shared. For example, a client and spouse who live in the same dwelling are in a shared living arrangement. Also, a 17 year old AABD Cash client who lives with their parent(s) is in a shared living arrangement.

The client does not have to be paying a proportionate share of the expenses for the situation to be a shared living arrangement. When the client is in a shared living arrangement, prorate shelter and utility allowances among the number of persons in the shared living arrangement.