TN 5 (03-12)
SI 00604.054 Rent-Free Shelter: Question 28
The answers to these questions alert the interviewer to whether rent-free shelter or ownership/rental liability applies and "sets the path" for the remaining questions in Part II. By first determining that the claimant indicates rent-free shelter, the interviewer may skip the ownership/rental liability questions (29-31) which do not apply. If the claimant does not indicate rent-free shelter, he or she must answer questions 29 and 30 so we may decide which issue applies--ownership or rental liability.
B. When to complete question 28
Complete question 28(a) for all claimants except transients and those living in institutions or in noninstitutional care. If the claimant answers (a) "NO", complete (b) and follow instructions in (c).
1. Ownership of the place the claimant lives
Consider "own" in this instance to include buying the place where the claimant lives.
2. Possibility of rent-free shelter
If neither the claimant nor household member(s) owns or rents, indicate who owns or rents the place where the claimant lives. This information is necessary to obtain documentation for rent-free shelter or in-kind support and maintenance (ISM) as remuneration for services.