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.
  • 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
    • residents living in certain supportive living facilities (SLFs) (WAG 04-05-04) that are:
      • covered under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver that protects the status quo of residents who were already receiving SNAP at the time of the waiver approval. These residents continue to qualify for SNAP and are not considered residents of an institution. new manual textUnder the H.R. 6119, Further Extending Government Funding Act, Section 158 of Division A - Further Continuing Appropriation Act, 2022, extends the existing FNS waiver through February 18, 2022. See PM 05-11-02-a, WAG 05-11-02-a, PM 20-08-02