An individual who is in Federal living arrangement A is in State living arrangement
A, if they are living in their own household1 and meets one of the following:
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 are considered living
alone provided they do not use the residential kitchen facilities for preparing meals;
Living only with their eligible spouse;
Living with their eligible spouse and ineligible child or children 2 none of whom (children) receive public income maintenance payments;3 or
Living only with their ineligible spouse or their ineligible child or children, none
of whom (spouse and children) receive public income maintenance payments.
NOTE: For purposes of 1 through 4, 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 they are 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 01415.040G.1. (See Code A, 1 or 2 (in this chart)) is in State living arrangement A if they
pay 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. For Optional State Supplement codes see SM 01301.535.
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 01415.040G.1., Code A.4. This includes children under the age of 18 who are in Federal living
arrangement D because a private health insurance policy or a combination of Medicaid
and a private health insurance policy pays or is expected to pay over 50 percent of
the cost of care for that month. For determination of applicability of $30 payment
limit see second and third bullets in SI 00520.011C.1.b. Also included are individuals placed under the auspices of the State adult foster
care program and residents of publicly operated emergency shelters throughout a month.
An individual living in a household where all members receive public income maintenance
payments unless they are 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 07/01/87, 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. This includes children under the age of 18 for
whom Medicaid alone pays or is expected to pay over 50 percent of the cost of care
for that month.
Assisted Living -- Effective 07/01/94, 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 01/01/96. However, it has been
restored, retroactively, to 01/01/97.
Optional Supplementation Waived -- Individual is eligible for, but has waived their
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 in, SI 00501.010.
3A public income maintenance payment is a payment from any of the following programs:
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (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.