An assistance unit (also referred to as unit) is a person or group of people who live together whose needs, assets, and income you consider together, and who receive a single benefit from a cash assistance program or the SNAP.
Each program has its own rules to determine who is in an assistance unit.
Some people MUST be in the unit. Other people may choose whether or not to be in the unit. See 0014.03 (Determining the Assistance Unit), 0014.03.03 (Determining the Cash Assistance Unit), 0014.03.06 (Determining the SNAP Unit).
Certain people cannot be in a unit. See 0011 (Technical Eligibility), 0012 (Procedural Eligibility), 0014.06 (Who Must Be Excluded From Assistance Unit).
Some people may be members of the unit while they temporarily live apart from the rest of the unit. See 0014.09 (Assistance Units - Temporary Absence).
There may be people not in the unit whose income and assets you must consider when determining eligibility and benefits. See 0015.48 (Whose Assets to Consider), 0016 (Income From People Not in the Unit).