SNAP time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents went back into effect on January 1, 2016.
This page is designed to help community organizations working with SNAP recipients understand the return of the time limits in SNAP for childless adults between the ages of 18 and 49. Beginning January 1, 2016, this group—referred to in SNAP regulations as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)—will face a harsh and complicated time limit rule in NYS. The time limit rule requires that people identified as an “ABAWD” be limited to receiving SNAP benefits for three full months in any three year period unless they live in a waived area of the state, qualify for an exemption, or are meeting work requirements. Below is a list of resources and tools to help you when working with clients who have been identified as an “ABAWD.” Please check back often as we develop this site.
For more information, contact Dawn Secor, SNAP Policy Specialist, at 518-436-8757 ext. 112 or email dawn.secor@HungerSolutionsNY.org.
Understanding SNAP ABAWD Time Limits
SNAP Policy Updates
Requirements for SNAP Time Limits for ABAWDs —7/25/2017
Recording of Hunger Solutions New York webinar for Community Organizations. You can also view the slide presentation here.
ABAWD Time Limit Desk Guide for for Community Organizations —updated 6/2017
Downloadable pdf desk guide that provides information and action steps for community organizations working with SNAP recipients
Flyer For SNAP Recipients—in English and Spanish
Downloadable pdf flyer for SNAP recipients that provides information and action steps on how to keep their SNAP benefits
SNAP ABAWD Time Limit Checklist —updated 6/2017
Downloadable pdf checklist to help determine if SNAP ABAWD time limits apply to an individual
Downloadable pdf sample form to document "unfit for work" exemption with information for health care providers who are signing the form
2015-16 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program In New York State: An Eligibility Prescreening Guide
An in-depth comprehensive SNAP prescreening guide to determine potential SNAP eligibility in New York State. Includes information on allowed medical expenses and deductions, the application process, necessary information and documentation, work requirements, the interview process, and calculating a budget.
Policy and waiver information, as well as OTDA's notification letter to SNAP recipients
ABAWD Time Limit information on OTDA's website under the SNAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
HRA's notification letter to SNAP recipients living in New York City
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Video: More Than Half A Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose Food Assistance Benefits in 2016
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a video on the impact of the reinstatement of SNAP Time Limits in many states in 2016.
Research brief from the Food Bank for NYC examining the resources with which food pantries operate in New York City at a moment when new benefit cuts could test their capacity once again
Articles highlighting SNAP Time Limit
Food Stamp Rules Change, and 800 in Erie County Lose Benefits -- The Buffalo News
Food Stamp Changes Could Leave More Hungry—The Journal News
This interview is part of the Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America—a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society
More Than 500,000 Americans Stand To Lose SNAP Benefits—The Atlantic CITYLAB
Making The Jobless Hungrier Won't Help Them Find Work Faster—Op-ed from the Center for American Progress