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Example 1:
Steve and his wife, Susan, apply for SNAP benefits for themselves and her two children. Steve's mother is a large part of their lives and watches the children while they work. They brought her to the local office and made her an authorized representative for benefits so that she can buy and cook food for the children. Who in this home can apply for benefits? Who is the head of household?

Typically, unless there is a dispute, Susan will be the head of household since she is the parent of the children. She, Steve, or his mother can make an application for benefits since they are all responsible adults on the case. You should make sure that Steve and Susan are aware that they are liable for any falsified information given by their authorized representative. 

Example 2:

Angela is a student and a parent of a teenager and meets no exemptions from student policy. She applied for SNAP for herself and her daughter. Her needs are not included on the case. Who is the head of household?

Even though Angela does not have her needs met in the SNAP case as a student, she will be the only adult on the case and is responsible for the SNAP benefits.

Example 3:
Ruth, aged 81, was receiving SNAP benefits until her benefit closed for the most recent renewal. Ruth reapplies for eligibility on the 19th. In explaining why it took so long to reapply, Connor, Ruth’s son, reports she was recovering from surgery and did not leave her home until recently. Ruth reports she still cannot drive, but her son Connor drove her to the county office. She reports she does not have internet. What options might you explore with Ruth?

You should help Ruth complete a SNAP Application. If she trusts Connor to report her situation accurately, then she can make him her authorized representative to complete the application or report changes. If she needs Connor to also purchase food, she may authorize him for that function as well.

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