Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

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SSI/FOOD STAMP JOINT APPLICATION PROCESS

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This section describes the joint application processing procedures and action that must be taken by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Human Services when an SSI household applies for food stamps at the Social Security Administration Office.  Certification of these households must be accomplished by joint processing.  The application will be taken by the Social Security Administration and the Department will make the eligibility determination.

 

Background

 

The Food Stamp Act of 1977 provides for certain households containing applicants for and recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to apply for food stamps at offices of the Social Security Administration.  Many SSI recipients also are eligible for food stamps, but have found participation difficult.  To make it easier for SSI recipients to obtain food stamps, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have developed a procedure by which households in which all members are SSI recipients could apply for food stamps at the Social Security Office.  Provisions of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 allows certain individuals in public institutions applying for SSI the opportunity to also apply for food stamps by completing a single application before their release from the institutions.

 

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