For Immediate Release

August 14, 2015; 3:45pm

DPHSS Release No. 2015-068

All Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 The Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to inform the SNAP Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) that the Exemption Waiver from the SNAP work participation requirement provisions will expire on September 30, 2015.  

What is an ABAWD?

  • An ABAWD is an able-bodied adult without dependents.


How long can an ABAWD be eligible for SNAP?

  • SNAP-ABAWD benefit is limited to any 3 months within a 36-month period (considered the 3-month time limit) unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirements stated below.

Work Requirements:

  • Working 20 or more hours a week, averaged monthly; or
  • Participating in an Employment & Training Program for 20 or more hours a week; or
  • A combination of working and participating in a work programs; or
  • Participating in a workface program.

Individuals are exempted from the ABAWD provision if they are:

  • Under 18 or 50 years or age or over;
  • Medically certified as physically and mentally unfit for employment;
  • Responsible for a dependent child or incapacitated person;
  • Residing in a household where a household member is under 18 years of age;
  • Exempt from general SNAP work requirements; or
  • Pregnant.

ABAWDs who exhaust their 3 months of benefits and do not comply with the work requirement lose their benefits for the remainder of the 36-month time period. An ABAWD can regain eligibility during this time period by meeting the work requirement for 30 days, after which they remain eligible to receive SNAP for as long as they continue to meet work requirements.

An application was submitted to the Food and Nutrition Service for Fiscal Year 2016 to waive the work requirements for the ABAWD.  However, beginning October 2015 if the waiver is not approved, ABAWDs will only receive SNAP benefits for 3 months in any 36-month period unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt.   

All ABAWDs not meeting any of the exemptions above must contact the Work Programs Section at 735-7317 or 735-7322 for an appointment no later than September 30, 2015 to prevent their SNAP benefits from being terminated effective October 1, 2015.

For more information, please call Ms. Annie V.T. Gozum-Soto, Human Services Program Administrator of the Bureau of Economic Security at 735-7257.

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