Residency requirements must be verified, except in unusual cases such as migrant farm worker households newly arrived in an area, where verification of residency cannot reasonably be accomplished. Verification of residency is accomplished to the extent such as, but not limited to, utility expenses or identity. If verification cannot be accomplished in conjunction with the verification of other information, then the worker uses a collateral contact or other readily available documentary evidence. Documents used to verify other factors of eligibility should normally suffice to verify residence as well. Any document or collateral contact which reasonably establishes the applicant's residency must be accepted and no requirement for a specific type of verification may be imposed. No durational residency requirement may be established.
(1) No individual may participate as a member of more than one household or in more than one county in any month unless an individual is a resident of a shelter for battered women and children and was a member of a household containing the abusive person. • 1
(2) Residency is not dependent on an intent to permanently reside in the state or county. Moreover, the county cannot impose any durational residency requirements. A fixed residence is not required. For example, migrant camp sites verify the residency requirements; however, persons in a county solely for vacations will not be considered residents. If it is questionable that the household resides at the address or finding location given on the application, verification must be accomplished in accordance with Subchapter 3 of this Chapter, covering verification of questionable information.
(3) It will not be possible to verify residency for homeless households, however, the case record should contain as much information as possible about the household's situation.
1.The worker must take extra care to avoid duplicate participation. If the household has lived in another state in the past 12 months, the worker must verify there are no open cases in the other state.The worker documents in Family Assistance/Case Services (FACS) case notes:
(1) the date of case closure;
(2) the last date benefits were received;
(3) the type of benefits received;
(4) how the information was obtained; and
(5) any other pertinent information.