WAG 13-01-08

When determining the excess shelter deduction, use total shelter costs which includes:

  • housing costs and
  • the utility allowance.

Do not allow shelter expenses that are paid on behalf of the unit by a vendor payment or reimbursement that is excluded as income.

When computing total shelter costs, include cents for the individual expenses. Once the expenses are totaled, drop cents.

Excess Shelter Deduction for Units Without a Qualifying Member

The maximum excess shelter deduction for units without a qualifying member isrevised manual text $490. Allow as the excess shelter deduction total shelter costs (housing costs and utility costs) that are greater than 50% of the SNAP Unit's adjusted net income, up to the maximum of revised manual text$490.

The result of adjusted net income minus the allowable excess shelter deduction is called net SNAP income.

Excess Shelter Deduction for Units With a Qualifying Member

Allow as the excess shelter deduction total shelter costs (housing costs and utility costs) that are greater than 50% of the SNAP unit's adjusted net income. For units with a qualifying member, there is no maximum excess shelter deduction (see PM 05-06-01). The result of adjusted net income minus the allowable excess shelter deduction is called net SNAP income.