Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs
Home defined: A home is the place where the filing group (see OAR 461-110-0310 (Filing Group; Overview)) lives. A home may be a house, boat, trailer, mobile home, or other habitation. A home also includes the following:
Land on which the home is built and contiguous property.
In all programs except the OSIP, OSIPM, QMB, and SNAP programs, property must meet all the following criteria to be considered contiguous property:
For all other filing groups, the value of a home is excluded when the home is occupied by any member of the filing group.
In the SNAP program, the value of land is excluded while the group is building or planning to build their home on it, except that if the group owns (or is buying) the home they live in and has separate land they intend to build on, only the home in which they live is excluded, and the land they intend to build on is treated as real property in accordance with OAR 461-145-0420 (Real Property).
Exclusion during temporary absence: If the value of a home is excluded under section (2) of this rule, the value of this home remains excluded in each of the following situations:
For the purposes of this section, “evidence” includes a written statement from a competent individual.
In all programs except the OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB-DW programs, during the temporary absence of all members of the filing group from the property, if the absence is due to illness or uninhabitability (from casualty or natural disaster), and the filing group intends to return home.
In the OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB-DW programs, when the individual is absent to receive long-term care or home and community-based care, under one of the following conditions:
The absent individual has provided evidence that the individual will return to the home. The evidence must reflect the subjective intent of the individual, regardless of the individual’s medical condition.
The home remains occupied by the individual’s spouse, child, or a relative dependent on the individual for support. The child must be less than 21 years of age or, if over the age of 21, blind or an individual with a disability as defined by SSA criteria.
In the OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB-DW programs, when the individual is absent due to illness, employment or training for future employment, seasonal employment, or uninhabitability; and both of the following conditions are met:
The absent individual has provided evidence that the absent individual will return home, and
The evidence reflects the subjective intent of the individual, regardless of the individual’s medical condition.
In the REF, REFM, and TANF programs, when all members of the filing group are absent because:
The members are employed in seasonal employment and intend to return to the home when the employment ends; or
The members are searching for employment, and the search requires the members to relocate away from their home. If all members of the filing group are absent for this reason, the home may be excluded for up to six months from the date the last member of the filing group leaves the home to search for employment. After the six months, if a member of the filing group does not return, the home is no longer excluded.
In the SNAP program, when the financial group is absent because of employment or training for future employment.