SNAP/ Food Stamp income guide

this is by request from a client in a local shelter – the rest of the information can be found on the site this information came from – http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/applicant_recipients/eligibility.htm

Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

(Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011)

Household size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,174 $ 903
2 1,579 1,215
3 1,984 1,526
4 2,389 1,838
5 2,794 2,150
6 3,200 2,461
7 3,605 2,773
8 4,010 3,085
Each additional member +406 +312

Gross income means a household’s total, nonexcluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

* SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

Deductions are allowed as follows:

A 20 percent deduction from earned income;
A standard deduction of $142 for households sizes of 1 to 3 people and $153 for a household size of 4 (higher for some larger households);
A dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education;
Medical expenses for elderly or disabled members that are more than $35 for the month if they are not paid by insurance or someone else;
Legally owed child support payments;
Some States allow homeless households a set amount ($143) for shelter costs; and
Excess shelter costs that are more than half of the household’s income after the other deductions. Allowable costs include the cost of fuel to heat and cook with, electricity, water, the basic fee for one telephone, rent or mortgage payments and taxes on the home. (Some States allow a set amount for utility costs instead of actual costs.) The amount of the shelter deduction cannot be more than $458 unless one person in the household is elderly or disabled.

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