SSA will not take a F/S application from an individual whose residence has been determined
to be a commercial boarding house by the State/county F/S office. The NY State Food
Stamp Source Book defines a boarding house as an establishment, which is licensed
or is viewed by the community as a commercial enterprise offering meals and lodging
for compensation with the intention of making a profit. NY State does not require
licensing of commercial boarding houses and therefore does not maintain a list of
them. If there is any question as to whether a facility is a commercial boarding house,
the local FO management should contact the county F/S office.