PM 04-05-04: Residents of Institutions

WAG 04-05-04

  • An institution is a residential facility that provides meals as part of its normal service. A person is a resident of an institution if the facility provides a majority of their meals.
  • A hospitalized person is not a resident of an institution. A hospitalized person remains a member of the SNAP unit until the unit reports that the person will not return to the home. This also applies to newborns who remain hospitalized at birth.
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  • Residents of institutions do not qualify for SNAP benefits unless they are:
    • residents of federally subsidized housing for the elderly; or
    • residents of drug or alcohol treatment centers PM 05-01-00; or
    • residents of group living arrangement facilities PM 05-08-00; or
    • people temporarily living in a shelter for battered women and children PM 05-09-00; or
    • homeless persons whose primary nighttime residence is:
      • a supervised shelter that provides temporary lodging (e.g., temporary shelter), or
      • a halfway house or similar facility that provides temporary residence for persons who will be institutionalized; or
    • new manual textresidents living in a supportive living facility (SLF) PM 20-08-02 that is covered under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver . The waiver protects the status quo of residents who were already receiving SNAP at the time of the waiver approval. The waiver allows these residents to continue to be eligible for SNAP and not to be considered residents of an institution through 12/31/2021 WAG 04-05-04, PM 05-11-02-a, WAG 05-11-02-a.