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 I am 24 but currently living with my parents, would i consider their income them when filling my “household” income?

Q)  I am 24 but currently living with my parents (to save money) i work for myself and am only making about 400$ a month, i do not pay rent, but i buy all of my own food for myself (not supported by parents with this). question is even though we do technically live in the same house, would i consider them when filling out the form as part of my “household”? would i still qualify in this situation?




A) You will need to include your parents income in total “household” income.

This SNAP “household rule” applies even if the people you live with are not related to you, or do not have any legal obligations to support you. If you live with a group of people, they are part of your SNAP “household” when you buy and share food together most of the time (for example, you share commonly bought food for more than 11 out of 21 weekly meals).

The SNAP household rules also say that if you live with your spouse or you are a child under age 22 and live with your parents, you must be in the same SNAP household. This is true even if you do not buy food and prepare meals together, or even if your parents or your spouse do not want any SNAP benefits. https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/30-what-snap-household-or-assistance-unit

Income

Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

(Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017)

Household size Gross monthly income (130 percent of poverty) Net monthly income (100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,287 $ 990
2 1,736 1,335
3 2,184 1,680
4 2,633 2,025
5 3,081 2,370
6 3,530 2,715
7 3,980 3,061
8 4,430 3,408
Each additional member +451 +347

 

Gross income means a household’s total, nonexcluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

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  1. If you are suffering from a lack of adequate food and nutrition you are entitled to apply for food stamp or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Your age does not matter. If you’re under the age of 18 and living with your family, then your family has the right to apply for food stamps if the household income falls below the program poverty wage limit.

    SNAP Benefits by Household Size
    Household Size Maximum Monthly Benefit, FY 2019 Estimated Average Monthly Benefit, FY 2019
    1 $192 $131
    2 $353 $239
    3 $505 $365
    4 $642 $448
    5 $762 $506

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