Starting January 1st, 2020, Cook County and DuPage County will lose a crucial time limit waiver for a SNAP work requirement, exposing many recipients to potential loss of SNAP eligibility.
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.
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Learn how to navigate and mitigate the impact that changes to the ABAWD Time Limit may have on your clients.
An ABAWD (or Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents) is a person between 18 and 49 years of age with no dependents or disability. Under the ABAWD Time Limit rule, in order to qualify for SNAP benefits, ABAWDs must work for at least 80 hours a month (or else have their benefits limited to only 3 months in a 36-month period).
Currently, 100 counties in Illinois qualify for waivers to the ABAWD Time Limit. Under proposed changes to ABAWD Time Limit Waivers, only 4 counties in Illinois will qualify for waivers – jeopardizing the SNAP benefits of over 100,000 Illinoisans.
Check out this training by the Shriver Center on Poverty Law to learn how to navigate and mitigate the impact that changes to the ABAWD Time Limit may have on your clients.
The Trump Administration has proposed another way to cut SNAP funding through a proposed rule change that would limit state’s flexibility to calculate utility costs with local data, or what is referred to as the Standard Utility Allowance.
The administration is proposing to implement a one-size-fits-all policy that would force many states to lower the value of allowed utility expenses to a limit set by USDA.
Such a sweeping change would gravely affect high energy cost states, where costs of energy and shelter (rent or home ownership) are some of the highest in the nation.
See the Illinois Hunger Coalition’s flyer below for more information.
Submit your comments against this harmful rule by December 2nd!