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ISSUE DATE: 10/2017

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Use family maintenance needs, see 0002.23 (Glossary: Fair Hearing...), along with personal needs allowances, see 0002.49 (Glossary: Permanent...) and countable income to determine the DWP grant. For more information on how to calculate a benefit level for MFIP/DWP/GA, see 0022.12 (How to Calc. Benefit Level - MFIP/DWP/GA).


Shelter Deductions consist of housing and utility costs. For utility costs, see 0018.15.09 (Utility Deductions).

Some examples of housing costs are:

Rent, including mobile home lot rent.

Rent on a garage if the garage rental is a condition of renting the apartment.

Condominium fees and association fees that are required to own a home.

Mortgage, 2nd mortgage, or contract-for-deed payments. See MORTGAGE in 0002.43 (Glossary: Money...).

Vehicle payment and insurance if the unit lives in the vehicle.

Room portion of charges for group residential housing or a battered women's shelter.

Property taxes and state and local assessments.

Homeowners' insurance for the structure of the home when it can be separately identified. If the structure portion of the bill cannot be separated from other insurance amounts such as liability and medical, allow the entire amount that includes the structure portion. Verification must be provided to confirm that the expense for the home structure cannot be separated from other insurance amounts. Document the amount of this deduction in MAXIS CASE/NOTEs.

Costs not reimbursed for repair of a home damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.

Do NOT deduct costs for:

Deposits on rental properties or utilities.

Separate insurance for personal belongings.

Foundation, skirting, or tie-downs for mobile homes.

Garage rent if the garage rental is not a condition of renting the apartment.

Home improvements other than weatherization.

Down payments and closing costs.

Maintenance escrow fees used to maintain and distribute the payment for taxes and insurance.

Expenses for escrowed and non-escrowed non-allowable shelter deductions such as insurance for furniture, life insurance, auto insurance, personal belongings, and additional living costs.

Calculate shelter deductions paid weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or semi-monthly using the multiplier. The multiplier is:

- 4.3 for weekly costs.

- 2.15 for bi-weekly costs.

- 1 for monthly costs.

- 2 for semi-monthly costs.

Deduct housing costs only if the unit must pay someone outside the unit for the expense. EXCEPT for certain situations listed below, do not deduct expenses paid by a 3rd party who does not live in the household or who lives in the household but is not required to be in the unit. See 0014.03.06 (Determining the SNAP Unit). For Uncle Harry cases, see 0022.24 (Uncle Harry Food Support Benefits).

You may allow a deduction for households which contain people who are required to be in the unit but who are disqualified or do not meet technical or procedural eligibility requirements:

For units which contain ineligible non-citizens, non-applicants, unit members disqualified for non-compliance with Social Security enumeration requirements, or ineligible able-bodied adults who are responsible for housing costs:


Prorate housing costs billed to or paid by the ineligible person or disqualified unit member among household members.


Disregard the prorated share of the costs for the ineligible person(s) or disqualified unit member(s). Allow the remainder of the costs as a housing cost for the unit.

The utility costs are not prorated. See 0018.15.09 (Utility Deductions).

For units which contain an ineligible student:


When an ineligible student pays all of the expense, the unit is not entitled to a housing or utility deduction.


When a unit shares housing costs, deduct ONLY the amount actually paid or contributed by the unit. If you cannot differentiate the payments or contributions:


Prorate the housing expense evenly among the people actually paying or contributing to the expense. MAXIS will disregard the ineligible student's share of the costs.


Allow the remainder of the costs as a housing expense.

The utility costs are not prorated. See 0018.15.09 (Utility Deductions).

For units which contain an ineligible unit member disqualified for intentional program violation or non-compliance with work requirements, allow the entire unit's applicable deduction amount, including the disqualified unit member.

For units without disabled or elderly members, deduct verified housing costs and the appropriate utility standard that exceeds 50% of the unit's income after deductions. The maximum monthly shelter deduction is $535.

There is no maximum shelter deduction for units with a disabled member whose disability is verified or units with a member age 60 or older. Deduct the full cost of shelter over 50% of the unit's income after deductions.

Allow verified housing costs in the month billed, or if not billed, when they 1st become payable.

Units on a monthly rent structure, who pay their housing costs in advance, are allowed a shelter deduction for the period the payment is intended to cover.

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