Tuesday, January 12, 2016
HALF A MILLION TO LOSE SNAP BENEFITS IN 2016
More than 500,000 of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016 due to the return in 23 states of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. Federal law limits these individuals to three months of SNAP out of every three years unless they’re working or participating in a work training program at least 20 hours a week or participating in workfare. States can request a federal waiver of this time limit in areas of high unemployment, but these statewide waivers are largely expiring as unemployment falls, leaving most states eligible for waivers only counties with high unemployment.
Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 1/5/16, SNAP Time Limits