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Unemployment Benefits in Illinois

Connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is projected to exacerbate unemployment rates across the country. Some economists estimate joblessness will soar to over 10% as a result of the pandemic.

Research tells us that unemployment can cause food insecurity. For this reason, connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The info sheets below detail…

  • Who is eligible for Illinois unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment benefits calculated?
  • What is the duration of unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment claims filed?
  • What can you do if a claim is denied?

Confused by changes to the SNAP ABAWD rule? Don’t worry – here’s a handy guide!

Through a recent rule revision, the federal government has taken steps to severely diminish states’ control of how to treat Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) enrolled in SNAP.

This abrupt change to the ABAWDs rule has prompted both fear and confusion. Whose benefits are at risk? How can I help ABAWD clients and community members protect their SNAP benefits? Where do I get the facts?

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Training: SNAP Work Requirement Training for Youth Homelessness Service Providers

Register to learn what the policy does, how it will impact you or your clients, and what you can do to help mitigate the impact.

As of January 1, 2020, SNAP recipients who are considered Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) living in Cook County must adhere to a work requirement in order to remain eligible for SNAP benefits. In addition, USDA recently released a rule that could extend this work requirement to nearly all counties in Illinois starting on April 1, 2020.

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Protect Your Clients: SNAP Work Requirement Resources

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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11.19.19 Public Charge Update from Protecting Immigrant Families

Confused by or curious about how recent public charge news affects the clients you work with/advocate for?

On November 19th, Protecting Immigrant Families hosted a webinar titled “Public Charge & Trump’s Invisible Wall.” This webinar provided an overview of recent Public Charge policy changes, their impact, and best practices for immigrants and service providers.

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Navigating the ABAWDs Time Limit for SNAP Recipients

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.