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SNAP Eligibility

Income Requirements

Households must meet income standards unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some cases general assistance. Most District households will qualify for categorical eligibility. Categorical eligibility means you qualify for other public benefit programs simply because you are eligible for SNAP. Categorically eligible households have to meet the Gross Monthly Income for Categorical Eligibility standard. Households with a person(s) age 60 years or older or a person with a disability have to meet the Net Monthly Income standard. All other households must meet the Gross and Net Monthly Income standard.;

Household Size

Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
for Categorical Eligibility
(200% FPL)

Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
(130% FPL)

Maximum Net
Monthly Income
(100% FPL)

Maximum SNAP Allotment
 

1

$2,082

$1,354

$1,041

$194

2

$2,818

$1,832

$1,410

$355

3

$3,555

$2,311

$1,778

$509

4

$4,292

$2,790

$2,146

$646

5

$5,028

$3,269

$2,515

$768

6

$5,765

$3,748

$2,883

$921

7

$6,502

$4,227

$3,251

$1,018

8

$7,238

$4,705

$3,620

$1,164

Each Additional Member

+$736

+$479

+$369

+$146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross income means a household's total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made.

Household Size

Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
for Categorical Eligibility
(200% FPL)

Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
(130% FPL)

Maximum Net
Monthly Income
(100% FPL)

Maximum SNAP Allotment
 

1

$2,082

$1,354

$1,041

$194

2

$2,818

$1,832

$1,410

$355

3

$3,555

$2,311

$1,778

$509

4

$4,292

$2,790

$2,146

$646

5

$5,028

$3,269

$2,515

$768

6

$5,765

$3,748

$2,883

$921

7

$6,502

$4,227

$3,251

$1,018

8

$7,238

$4,705

$3,620

$1,164

Each Additional Member

+$736

+$479

+$369

+$146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

To find your Net Income, take your Gross Income and subtract any of the deductions below that apply. Compare your results to the table above using the Net Income column.

Allowed Deductions

The following deductions are allowed for SNAP:

  • A 20 percent deduction from earned income.
  • A standard deduction of $167 for households with one to three people and $178 for households with four people (this may be higher for some larger households).
  • A dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education.
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses of more than $35 a month for people age 60 years or older or people with a disability. Payments made by insurance or someone else cannot be counted.
  • Legally owed child support payments.
  • Excess shelter costs that are more than half of the household's income after other deductions. Allowable shelter costs include:
  • Fuel to heat and cook with
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • The basic fee for one telephone
  • Rent or mortgage payments and interest
  • Taxes on the home

*The amount of the shelter deduction cannot be more than $569 unless one person in the household is age 60 years or older or has a disability. All shelter costs over half of the household's income may be deducted in households that have a person with a disability or a person 60 years or older.

Resource Requirements

Resources are things like bank accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit, and stock and bonds. Most District households fall under expanded categorical eligibility rules and do not have a limit on resources. If you apply for SNAP, the District will review your information to determine if a resource limit applies.

For households that have a resource limit, households may have $2,250 in countable resources. If the household includes a person who is age 60 or older or a person who has a disability, the resources limit is $3,500.

Even when there is a resource limit, some things never count, such as the value of the home.