An individual who is in Federal living arrangement A is in State living arrangement
A, if he/she is living in his/her own household1 and is:
a. Living alone -- Individuals who live alone, who rent rooms in commercial rooming
houses which openly advertise to the public and which do not provide board, or who
live in a hotel. Also, those who rent only rooms in private residences will be considered
living alone provided they do not use the residential kitchen facilities for preparing
Living only with his/her eligible spouse; or
Living with his/her eligible spouse and ineligible child/children 2 none of whom (children) receive public income maintenance payments;3 or
Living only with his/her ineligible spouse and/or his/her ineligible child/children,
none of whom (spouse and children) receive public income maintenance payments.
NOTE: For purposes of SI 01415.037G.1. (See Code A, 1.a. through 1.d., foster children placed with anyone other than
their parents are not considered to be living with the foster parent.
An individual who is in Federal living arrangement C is in State living arrangement
A if none of the other people with whom he/she is living receive public income maintenance
An individual who is in Federal living arrangement A or C and who does not meet the
criteria contained in SI 01415.037G.1. (See Code A, 1. or 2.) will be in State living arrangement A if he/she pays at
least two-thirds of the household expenses. In making a determination as to whether
the individual pays two-thirds or more of the expenses, use the method defined in
SI 00835.160. Only the household expenses shown in that section are to be used. An ineligible
spouse's income (except any assistance based upon need) may be used to determine if
the eligible person is paying two-thirds of the household expenses.
A person living in a public congregate housing development is in A. The State makes
the determination that a public congregate housing development is eligible for listing.
Optional supplement code A is the proper code to be used with an “intervening” Federal
code A. (See SM
Shared Living Expenses -- An individual who is in Federal living arrangement A or
C and who does not meet the criteria listed for State living arrangement A, E or G
is in State living arrangement B. Also included in this living arrangement are transients,
the homeless, and residents of public emergency shelters for the homeless (PESH).
Those residing in group-care facilities such as halfway houses, private medical facilities
where Medicaid is paying 50 percent or less of the cost of care, foster homes, commercial
boarding homes, or other facilities which do not meet the criteria for living arrangement
E or public congregate housing defined in SI 01415.037G.1., Code A.4. Also included are individuals placed under the auspices of the State
adult foster care program and residents of publicly operated emergency shelters throughout
An individual living in a household where all members receive public income maintenance
payments unless he/she is paying at least two-thirds of the household expenses (A).
An individual living in a mixed household -- i.e., a household where one or more other
members receive a public income maintenance payment -- also is included unless the
individual is paying at least two-thirds of the household expenses (A).
Living in the Household of Another -- Recipients determined under Federal rules to
be living in the household of another and receiving support and maintenance which
reduce the Federal benefit by one-third.
Licensed Rest Home -- Persons residing in a licensed rest home, all of which or that
portion in which they are living is licensed by and has a provider agreement with
the State. Does not include residents of a Medicaid certified portion of a rest home.
Effective 7/1/87, the State elected Federal administration of this optional State
supplementary payment to residents of title XIX facilities where Medicaid pays more
than 50 percent of the cost of care.
Assisted Living -- Effective 7/1/94, the State elected Federal administration of this
variation. Includes an individual, certified by the State to be residing in an Assisted
Living residence served by a certified Group Adult Foster Care provider, who is not
receiving assistance under any other Federal or State rental assistance program, and
who pays a fixed, non-separable fee for rent and supportive services, other than medically
necessary services reimbursed by Medicaid. The State shall certify to SSA each individual
who is eligible for this optional supplement living arrangement. This living arrangement
was discontinued effective 1/1/96. However, it has been restored, retroactively, to
Optional Supplementation Waived -- Individual is eligible for, but has waived his/her
right to receive, an optional supplement.
NOTE: Massachusetts is a concurrent category State and permits SSI recipients to receive
the highest categorical supplement for which they can qualify.
1For purposes of determining State living arrangements, a commercial boarding house,
foster home, or halfway house is not considered the person's household.
2Use the SSI definition of child, SI 00501.400.
3A public income maintenance payment is a payment from any of the following programs:
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), SSI, the Refugee Act of 1980, the
Disaster Relief Act of 1974, general assistance programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs,
State or local government income maintenance programs that are based on need, or Department
of Veterans Affairs benefits based on need.