As of October 1, physically healthy adults without dependents (ABAWD) up to age 52 gotta show that work at least 80 hours per month to receive funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). better known as “food stamps”.
If you don’t work The applicant must provide evidence of enrollment in an educational or professional training program.
If they do not meet either of these two requirements, they can only receive money from the program for three months in any 36-month period.
On October 1st, the age range of the ABAWD will increase by two more years, from 50 to 52 as part of changes to the program contained in the Fiscal Responsibility Act signed into law by President Joe Biden last June.
On Friday, September 1st, the first changes to the work requirements came into effect which apply to physically able adults without dependents, which apply to applicants up to the age of 50.
After the changeover next month on October 1, but from 2024 the age range will be increased from 18 to 54 years.
The three most important dates:
September 1, 2023: The age for working adults without dependents will be raised to 50 years
October 1, 2023: The age for physically fit adults with no dependents is raised to 52
October 1, 2024: The age of physically fit adults with no dependents is raised to 54
The homeless and veterans are exempt from compliance with the new guidelines or ex-military members and youth released from nursing homes.
In addition, disabled and pregnant women would not have to be eligible.
The new rules expire in 2030. and the job requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents to receive SNAP would revert to those that existed prior to the signing of the Tax Responsibility Act.
The law was the result of Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
Just this week, the Democratic Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand announced the launch of the Training and Nutrition Stability Act Legislation aimed at filling gaps in the SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program This results in recipients losing part of the food aid funds if they receive an income as part of vocational training.
The end of the measure is that income from training courses is excluded Employment at the time SNAP was calculated.
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the Federal Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency that administers the SNAP program, states this on its website Through E&T, SNAP participants have access to training and support services that make it easier for them to start or advance in professional life
“These programs help reduce barriers to employment by providing supportive services such as transportation and childcare while participants prepare for employment.” Each state is required to administer the SNAP E&T program and receives annual federal funding for its operations and the administration of the program.