Per SI 01801.060 a pure SSI household is defined as follows:
An individual who lives alone and is applying for or receiving SSI, or
A household (as defined for food assistance purposes) where everyone has applied for
or is receiving SSI.
For food assistance purposes, it is important to remember that more than one household
can live under one roof, if separate purchase and preparation of food is declared.
If other persons who are not SSI applicants/recipients physically live in the same
household with the SSI claimant/recipient and he/she purchases and prepares food separately
from the rest of the household, he/she meets the definition of a pure SSI household.
For food assistance purposes he/she is considered to be in his/her own household. Do not confuse the living arrangement
determination for SSI payment purposes with the living arrangement determination needed
for food assistance purposes.
Consider individuals who live in public/private nonprofit shelters for the homeless
as individual households for food stamp application purposes. (See SI 01801.040.)
SSA must use State designed food stamp applications. The State of Maine Department
of Health and Human Services (ME DHHS) must provide SSA field offices (FOs) with sufficient
food stamp application forms for FO use. The State must also provide SSA with informational
material to distribute to food stamp applicants.