SNAP ABAWD Time Limits
SNAP time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents went back into effect on January 1, 2016.
Childless adults between the ages of 18 and 49—referred to in SNAP regulations as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)—are now subject to a time limit rule. The rule limits SNAP benefits for people identified as an “ABAWD” to only 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.
On January 1, 2019, a new three year period began. Anyone who lost benefits due to the ABAWD Time Limit Rule can now reapply and, if eligible, receive a minimum of three months of SNAP benefits.
For more information, contact Dawn Secor, SNAP Policy Specialist, at 518-436-8757 ext. 112 or email [email protected].
Below is a list of resources and tools to help you when working with clients identified as an “ABAWD.” Please check back often for updates.
2019 ABAWD Waivers
Download these resources to learn more about areas in NYS that have been waived from ABAWD Time Limits in 2019:
Understanding SNAP ABAWD Time Limits
SNAP Policy Updates
Requirements for SNAP Time Limits for ABAWDs —7/25/2017
“Understanding SNAP Time Limits: What Community Organizations Should Know” —Recording of Hunger Solutions New York webinar for Community Organizations. You can also view the slide presentation here.
ABAWD Time Limit Desk Guide for Community Organizations —updated with 2019 waivers
Downloadable pdf desk guide that provides information and action steps for community organizations working with SNAP recipients
SNAP ABAWD Time Limit Checklist —updated with 2019 waivers
Downloadable pdf checklist to help determine if SNAP ABAWD time limits apply to an individual
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
“Unfit for work” Medical Statement Form with information for Health Care Providers —updated 4/2016
Downloadable pdf sample form to document “unfit for work” exemption with information for health care providers who are signing the form
2018-19 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.
GIS 15 TA/DC054 ABAWD Wavier Status And One Time Mailing Of ABAWD Status Notification Letter
—Policy and waiver information, as well as OTDA’s notification letter to SNAP recipients
ABAWD Frequently Asked Questions
—ABAWD Time Limit information on OTDA’s website under the SNAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
HRA Notice of Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents Status and Waiver Status for NYC
—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.
Food Bank for NYC
Abundant In Heart, Short On Resources: Need And Opportunity At NYC Food Pantries
—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 Limits
Food Stamp Changes Could Leave More Hungry—The Journal News
How Changes To SNAP Eligibility Will Impact New York’s Hungry
—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