Glossary S-words (FAM)
Section 8 Housing — a federal rent subsidy program now referred to as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The tenant pays a portion of the rental cost based on a percentage of their income. The balance of the rental cost is paid by the federal government. Also known as deep subsidy.
Shelter Needs Allowance* — the actual amount charged for shelter costs that is included in the standard of need for monthly shelter costs. The shelter needs allowance is capped at a maximum figure, even if actual costs exceed the maximum.
Shelter Payment Allowance* — the actual amount charged for shelter costs that is included in the payment standard for monthly shelter costs. The shelter payment allowance is capped at a maximum figure, even if actual costs exceed the maximum.
Specified Relative—blood relatives and half-blood relatives, including preceding generations to the fourth degree of kinship, specifically:
• father, mother, brother, sister, stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, grandmother (including great and great-great), grandfather (including great and great-great), uncle (including grand or great), aunt (including grand or great); and
• nephew, niece, and first cousin, only. In accordance with federal regulations and state law, degrees of kinship do not apply to nephews, nieces, and cousins when determining if the individual meets the definition of specified relative. Therefore, a specified relative would not include, for example, such relations as first cousins once removed, second cousins or grandnephews.
Also included are adoptive parents and their relatives to the same degree as blood relatives, and spouses of any persons named above, even after the marriage has been terminated by death or divorce.
Spouse — either of 2 individuals who are defined as married under state law. For Food Stamp purposes, the definition also includes individuals who are living together and represent themselves as husband and wife to relatives, friends, neighbors, or tradespeople.
SSI — Federal Supplemental Security Income payments made under authority of Title XVI of the Social Security Act.
SSI Applicant — an individual who has filed an application for SSI benefits.
SSI Household — the head of household is an SSI recipient and all other household members are included in an adult financial assistance group or are SSI recipients.
Standard of Need — the amount of income necessary to meet the full need in accordance with RSA 167:7,II.
Stepparent — an individual who is currently legally married to a child’s natural or adoptive parent but has no biological or adoptive parental relationship to the child.
Striker — anyone who participates in a strike or work stoppage (including a stoppage due to the expiration of a collective-bargaining agreement) or any concerted slowdown or other interruption of operations by employees.
Subsidized Housing — housing leased under an agreement in which the household pays a rate based on a percentage of the household’s income. The balance of the rent is paid for by the federal government. Also known as deep subsidy housing, conventional public housing, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8 housing).
Support — child support or spousal support (alimony) payments.