Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) are subject to certain time-sensitive work requirements in order to maintain their SNAP eligibility. After not working or enrolling in a SNAP Employment and Training program for a certain period of time, ABAWD SNAP recipients are only eligible to receive three months’ worth of benefits within a three-year period.
Starting January 1st, 2020, Cook County and DuPage County will lose a crucial time limit waiver for this ABAWDs rule, exposing many ABAWD individuals to harsher work requirements and potential loss of SNAP eligibility.
Nationwide, nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients will lose their benefits.
For more information on the ABAWD Time Limit and how to maintain your clients’ SNAP eligibility, please use the following resources relating to ABAWDs and SNAP benefits in Illinois:
- ABAWD Time Limit in Illinois Info Sheet
- ABAWD Checklist for Service Providers
- DHS Form IL444-2340: Unfit to Work Determination (English)
- DHS Form IL444-2340: Unfit to Work Determination (Spanish)
If you have questions regarding the SNAP ABAWD Time Limit and its upcoming changes in Illinois, you can…
- Call the Illinois Hunger Coalition at (312) 629-9580
- Visit the Illinois Hunger Coalition website
- Join the Illinois Hunger Coalition mailing list
We would like to thank the Illinois Hunger Coalition for producing and sharing these resources.