Independent living without cooking facilities
Apply OS code “C” to aged or disabled recipient or couples who are:
do not have access to adequate cooking or food storage facilities as part of a living arrangement.
Transients, as defined in SI 00835.060, are also eligible for OS “C.”
A recipient or couple qualifies for OS “C” if any of the following situations exists:
Immediate living quarters do not have cooking and food storage facilities that the recipient, couple, or another person (who is responsible for preparing their meals) can prepare meals on a daily basis;
Does not have access to adequate cooking and food storage facilities as part of the living arrangement (including cooking and food storage facilities, which are outside the immediate living quarters) for the purpose of preparing meals or having them prepared on their behalf;
Lives in a boarding house that does not have a communal kitchen with adequate cooking and food storage facilities that they can access for preparing meals;
Lives with friends or relatives in private living quarters in the same house or in separate living quarters (for example, “over the garage”) or in a similar situation and does not have access to the cooking and food storage facilities in the main residence for preparing meals; or
Lives in a room and board facility and does not contract with the facility to have meals prepared and provided as part of the living arrangement (for example, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient’s arrangement with the facility is to purchase only shelter on a monthly basis).
“Adequate” cooking and food storage facilities exist when a recipient or couple has access to the following:
both a working refrigerator or icebox and a stove without a working oven but with at least two working burners. (Do not consider the capacity of the refrigerator or icebox when making this determination. Also, do not consider an ice chest to be adequate storage.);
both a working refrigerator or icebox and a hotplate with at least two burners with separate temperature controls, or two one-burner hotplates with temperature controls. (Do not consider hotplates without temperature controls used for warming food as “adequate cooking facilities.”); or
both a working refrigerator or icebox and a stove with a working oven or functioning microwave oven in combination with at least one working burner on a stove, or a one-burner hotplate with a temperature control.
Eligibility for OS “C” begins in the month the recipient applies for this supplement rate, provided they have been without cooking and food storage facilities throughout the month.
NOTE: For purposes of OS “C,” “throughout a month” does not mean the recipient must lack adequate cooking or food storage facilities from the very first moment of the month. The recipient need only lack them from some time on the first day of the month.
If you based eligibility on temporary loss or nonfunctioning of an appliance, advise the recipient of their responsibility to report immediately when the temporary condition ceases.
If the recipient provides an expected date when someone will replace or repair the appliance, diary the case for re-contact.
Eligibility for this supplementary payment ceases the month following the month in which the individual or couple receives meals or adequate cooking and food storage facilities are available.
For a couple, comprised of an aged or disabled recipient and a blind recipient, whose living arrangement lacks adequate cooking and storage facilities, the couple must receive the Supplemental Security Income and State Supplement Payment level for a blind, aged, or disabled couple plus the restaurant meals allowance for the disabled member of the couple. This living arrangement requires force due payment.