568.6 Addition of a Household Member

When a household reports that it has added a new member, the CAO must treat the new member as if he or she were an applicant but must not require a new Application for Benefits (PA 600).  

 7 CFR § 273.21(f)(1)

The CAO must first determine whether the new member is receiving benefits in another household. A person may not receive benefits in more than one household at the same time. The new member may not be added to the household until he or she is removed from the other household.

However, a resident of a certified shelter for battered women and children may receive more than one issuance in a month if previous SNAP benefits included the alleged abuser as a household member. These residents may receive an additional benefit as a separate household. (See Chapter 511.)    

 7 CFR § 273.11(g)(2)

When adding a new member to a household, the CAO must prospectively determine eligibility and the benefit amount for all household members, including the new member, for the month following the month of the change.  

 7 CFR § 273.10(a)(4)

If adding the new member leads to a benefit decrease or termination, the CAO must:    

 7 CFR § 273.12(c)(2)

If the addition of the member results in a benefit increase, the CAO must:  

 7 CFR § 273.12(c)(1)(ii)

Example: Mrs. Smith and her three children receive only SNAP benefits. Mrs. Smith’s 130% federal poverty income guidelines (FPIG) reporting requirement is $1,961. Mr. Smith, who has income, moves back into the household on September 1. Mrs. Smith counts all of the household’s gross monthly income, including her husband’s, and compares that amount with $1,961. On October 6, Mrs. Smith reports and verifies that her husband returned to the household and that the household income totals $1,975 for September. The caseworker determines that Mr. Smith is a mandatory household member. Mr. Smith and his income are added to the SNAP benefits. The new 130% FPIG limit is $2,295.

568.61 Third-Party Verification

Although third-party verification is not required under Chapter 578 to add a person to a household, it is acceptable proof even if the household has not reported the change.

If the CAO receives dated third-party verification, such as an MA 112 or a notice from a Children and Youth Agency of a change, it must figure out when to increase the benefit as follows:

Example: The hospital sends an MA 112 dated March 24 to the CAO verifying that a child was born on March 10. The CAO receives the MA 112 on March 28. The family is eligible for an increased benefit on April 1.


Example: On April 11, the CAO receives a notice from a Children and Youth Agency that a child returned home on March 27. Since the change was not reported within 10 days, the family is not eligible for an increased benefit until May 1.

Reissued March 1, 2012, replacing May 3, 2007