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 person who is living in the community and receiving SNAP is no longer eligible for benefits if they become a resident of a nursing home facility, such as a Long Term Care (LTC) or Shelter Care facility. Change Reporting SNAP households are required to report a change in household size during the certification period. (PM 18-04-00) Mid-Point Reporting households are only required to report the change when completing the interim Mid-Point Report during the certification period. Both household types are required to report the change at REDE. (PM 18-04-00, PM 19-07-00)
  • 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 in certain SLF facilities (WAG 04-05-04). revised manual textThese residents are not considered residents of an institution and qualify for SNAP participation under federal legislation that allows FNS to continue to extend Illinois' waiver.  H.J. Res. 75, 117th Cong. (2022) (enacted), signed into law March 11, 2022, amended Section 106(3) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2022 (Division A of Pub. L. 117-43) and extended the limitation clause in Section 9(i)(2) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 from March 11, 2022, to March 15, 2022. This extended the FNS waiver approval from March 11, 2022 to March 15, 2022. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, signed into law on March 15, 2022, provided for an additional extension of the FNS waiver approval and allows residents living in SLF facilities in WAG 04-05-04 to continue to qualify for SNAP participation through December 31, 2022. The resident must still meet all eligibility factors using the special rules in PM 05-11-00. See PM 05-11-02-a, WAG 05-11-02-a, PM 20-08-02