A person residing with a household and paying reasonable monthly compensation to the household for lodging and meals is considered a boarder. Boarders cannot receive SNAP benefits separate and apart from the household providing the room and board. A boarder may be included, along with a spouse or children living with them, as members of the SNAP household providing the boarder services but only at the request of the SNAP household. If excluded, the boarder still cannot receive SNAP benefits on their own case.
Note: Foster children and/or adults are considered boarders, but are treated differently (see PM 04-05-05).
Do not count the income and resources of a boarder who is not included as a member of the household. When the boarder is a household member, count his/her income and resources as available in their entirety to the household.
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Dulce Quintero, Secretary
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