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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), which automatically enrolls single Supplemental Security Income (SSI) live-alone recipients into SNAP. From December 2021 through December 2023, NYS will transition from NYSNIP to a new CAP called the New York State Combined Application Project (NYSCAP). The guide below highlights both NYSNIP and NYSCAP, including who can participate, how the two CAPs differ, and how the transition from NYSNIP to NYSCAP will be implemented.

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 of $20 or $24. 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 $250.

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.

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Resources

NYSNIP/NYSCAP Guide

Interim Report (LDSS-4836) for New York City
English version
Spanish version will be posted when available

Interim Report (LDSS-4836) for Rest of State
English version
Spanish version will be posted when available

Case Information Collection Sheet (LDSS-4841)
English version
Spanish version will be posted when available