Residents of shelters for victims of
domestic violence and their children may apply and be certified for food
benefits on their own behalf using program requirements applicable to any other
household per Section 271.2 and 273.11(g) of Title 7 of the Code of Federal
Regulations (C.F.R.). They may name a
shelter staff member or other person to act as an authorized representative for
application and certification purposes; however, the residents are expected to
control the use of their own food benefits.
(1) Verification for shelter status. Oklahoma Department of Human Services DHS
staff are responsible for verifying the shelter for victims of domestic
violence and their children meets the definition specified in Oklahoma
Administrative Code (OAC) 340:50-5-7(b)(2)(E).
of non-profit status is accomplished by seeing correspondence from the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) stipulating the organization is tax-exempt as a
charitable or educational entity per Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
(B) When IRS
documentation is not available, the worker sends a copy of the shelter's
by-laws to Adult and Family Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) to determine non-profit status.
(C) SNAP staff
notifies the worker of the determination of non-profit status.
(D) The county
director is responsible for keeping a list of domestic violence shelters in the
county whose status is verified and the supporting documentation.
(2) Separate households. A shelter resident included in another active
household may participate as a separate household when the active household
includes the person who abused the resident. The resident may receive an
additional allotment as a separate household once a month. The worker takes prompt action to remove
shelter residents from the active household's composition and allotment.
(3) Income and expenses. The worker certifies a resident applying as a
separate household based on the resident's current income and expenses. When the shelter charges a room payment, it
is considered a shelter expense for the resident. The worker excludes the income and expenses
of the resident's former household. The
worker expedites processing the application when the resident meets expedited
services criteria per OAC 340:50-11-1.