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For two decades, New York has operated a Combined Application Project (CAP) called the New York State Nutrition Improvement Project (NYSNIP) that automatically enrolls single Supplemental Security Income (SSI) live-alone recipients into SNAP. Since December 2021, New York has been transitioning from NYSNIP to a new CAP called the New York State Combined Application Project (NYSCAP). Anyone currently receiving NYSNIP will be transitioned to NYSCAP by December 1, 2024.

CAPs automatically enroll single Supplemental Security Income (SSI) live-alone recipients into SNAP. For this population, no separate SNAP application, interview, or verification are needed; the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) relies on information provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) through the State Data Exchange in order to generate a SNAP case. NYSNIP/NYSCAP participants can use their existing Medicaid benefit cards to access their SNAP benefits.

Enrollees into NYSNIP/NYSCAP will initially receive a minimum benefit level that can be as low as $23. However, by filling out and returning the NYSCAP Statewide SNAP Case Information Collection Sheet (LDSS-4841) included with their NYSNIP/NYSCAP opening and available below, benefits may be adjusted up to the maximum SNAP benefit level—as high as $291.

New SNAP recipients under NYSCAP must redeem their SNAP benefits within the first 90 days of the auto-enrollment. This means that they must use their EBT card at a local SNAP vendor to purchase food. If the redemption of SNAP benefits does not occur in 90 days, the SNAP Office automatically closes the NYSCAP case, and the SNAP benefits will be removed and may not be restored.

Learn more in our NYSNIP/NYSCAP guide.



Interim Report (LDSS-4836) for New York City
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Interim Report (LDSS-4836) for Rest of State

Case Information Collection Sheet (LDSS-4841)
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