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0017.15.33.27 —  SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME FROM ROOMER/BOARDER ISSUE DATE    06/2013


If a client receives payments for lodging, meals, or related services from people living in the client's home, the income is roomer/boarder income. Units with roomer/boarder income are self-employed. Count the income as earned income.

A roomer lives with the unit and pays for lodging only.

A boarder eats with the unit and pays for meals only.

A roomer and boarder lives AND eats with the unit and pays for lodging AND meals.

Roomer/boarder income is different from rental property or from shared living expense income. For information on rental property income, see 0017.15.33.30 (Self-Employment Income From Rental Property). For information on shared living expense income, see 0017.06 (Excluded Income).


MFIP, WB, DWP:

Allow a flat rate deduction for each roomer, boarder, and roomer/boarder:

Roomer: $71 per month.

Boarder: $200 per month (the Thrifty Food Plan amount for 1).

Roomer/boarder: $271 per month (the roomer rate plus the Thrifty Food Plan amount for 1).


If there is more than 1 boarder (or roomer/boarder), use the total number of boarders as the unit size in determining the Thrifty Food Plan amount. See the SNAP provisions of 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH).

Subtract the flat rate deduction for each roomer, boarder, and roomer/boarder from total roomer/boarder income to get gross roomer/boarder self-employment income.


SNAP:

Allow the following expenses for a roomer/boarder:

Roomer: The verified expense of providing the room. See the general provisions of 0017.15.33.30 (Self-Employment Income From Rental Property) for instructions on how to determine the expense.

Boarder: The verified expense of providing the food or the Thrifty Food Plan. For Thrifty Food Plan amounts, see 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH).

Roomer and boarder: The verified expense of providing the room and the Thrifty Food Plan amount or the verified expense of providing the food, whichever is greater. For the Thrifty Food Plan Amounts, see 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH).

If there is more than 1 boarder, use the total number of boarders as the unit size in determining the Thrifty Food Plan amount.

Deduct the allowable expenses, up to the amount of the income, to get gross self-employment income. For treatment of boarders who pay less than the Thrifty Food Plan amount for food, see 0014.03.06 (Determining the SNAP Unit), 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH).


MSA:

Allow the following expenses for a roomer/boarder:

Roomer: The verified expense of providing the room.

Boarder: The verified expense of providing the food.

Roomer and boarder: The verified expense of providing the room and board.

Deduct the allowable expenses, up to the amount of the income, to get gross self-employment income.


GA:

Allow a flat rate deduction for each roomer/boarder:

Roomer: $71 per month.

Boarder: $86 per month.

Roomer and boarder: $157 per month.

Subtract the flat rate deduction for each roomer/boarder from total roomer/boarder income to get gross self-employment income.


GRH:

Follow MSA for aged, blind, or disabled clients. Follow GA for all other adults.

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