Beginning October 1, 2020, SNAP offices throughout NYS are not to impose the ABAWD three-month time limit rule.
In August 2020, OTDA provided SNAP offices with an update on the suspension of the ABAWD rule in NYS. Due to NYS’ eligibility for extended unemployment benefits, FNS has approved OTDA’s request to waive the ABAWD time limit rule in all areas of the state from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, or until the date when FNS puts the new rule on ABAWD waiver standards into effect, whichever occurs first.
SNAP recipients who are newly determined to fall under the ABAWD time limit rule will be sent a notice about this determination. These letters are not a notice of a requirement to work or take any action. They merely let the SNAP recipient know that they fall under the criteria for the ABAWD time limit rules which are currently suspended.