On Jan. 1, 2016, NYS reinstated a rule that restricts unemployed, childless adults to three months of SNAP benefits through December 2018, unless they meet strict work rules, are exempt, or live in waived area. In federal regulations, the rule is referred to as Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD). NYS recently released the list of counties, cities, towns and jurisdictions within the state that continue to have high unemployment rates and therefore are waived from applying the time limit rule in 2018.
- 3 counties lost their waiver – Broome, Greene and Lewis
- There are now 28 counties with full county waivers the new counties are: Allegany, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Genesee, Niagara, Wyoming, and Yates.
- Some of the cities/towns from 2017 now fall under a full county waiver these are – Elmira, Jamestown, Lockport and Niagara Falls.
- City of Mt. Vernon was added to the list of cities/towns
- Queens Community District 12 has new info describing the area that is waived
Community organizations can play an important role in helping low-income adults keep their SNAP benefits by educating clients who may be affected by the time limit rule and informing them of the actions they must take in order to keep their benefits. Hunger Solutions New York continues to provide new and updated tools for community organizations to use in their work with this population. New resources, accessible below, include an updated desk guide and checklist containing the 2018 list of waived areas in our state.
Our dedicated ABAWD web page also contains client flyers in English and Spanish, a sample medical statement with FAQ for medical providers, a webinar and much more.