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How to Qualify for SNAP

To qualify for benefits under federal guidelines, a household’s financial situation must meet three criteria:

  • Gross Monthly Income: Before considering any program deductions, the household income must typically be at or below 130% of the poverty line. In the federal fiscal year 2023, for a three-member family, this poverty line is set at $1,920 per month. This means that for such a family, the income limit is $2,495 per month, which translates to roughly $29,940 annually. Note: The poverty threshold varies, being higher for larger families and lower for smaller ones.
  • Net Income: After applying deductions, the household income needs to be at or beneath the poverty threshold.
  • Asset Restrictions: There are specific caps on household assets. If no household member is 60 years or older or has a disability, assets must be $2,750 or less. For households with a member meeting the age or disability criterion, the asset limit is set at $4,250 or below.

Some examples of people who may qualify for SNAP are:

  • Homeless people
  • Low-income households with children
  • Elderly people on a fixed income
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Unemployed or underemployed people
  • Students who meet certain criteria

You Won’t Qualify If:

  • You are an individual on strike
  • You are some immigrant who are lawfully present, such as those who have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • You have an undocumented immigration status
  • You are a student attending college more than half time

Furthermore, adults aged 18 to 49 without disabilities face a restriction on SNAP benefits: they can only receive them for three months within three years if they are unemployed.

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