Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Household Concept






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To determine which individuals included in the living constellation will be considered to be household members, the caseworker must evaluate how meals are purchased and prepared.


Unless specific individuals are eligible for separate household status, all persons who purchase and prepare their meals in common are treated as one household (HH).


Note:  At times, individuals change established living patterns either by choice or by force of circumstances. When an individual(s) changes a custom or pattern of living to establish a new pattern, the intent to establish that new pattern has greater importance than the previous pattern.


An individual(s) may intend to function as a separate household, but cannot do so unless the food stamp application is approved. Consider the individual(s) as a separate household when such intent is expressed.


Purchasing and Preparing Meals - Example


Glossary of Terms


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