2016 SNAP Eligibility Changes

Maricopa County will experience a change in SNAP eligibility
As a condition of receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly known as Food Stamps) benefits, individuals between the ages of 18-49 without children are required to work at least part time or participate in job training or workfare opportunities or have their benefits limited to 3 months in a three year period. These individuals are referred as Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). During the recession and the few years that have followed, states were able to waive this requirement due to high unemployment rates and lack of available jobs. However, as the economy has recovered, fewer communities will qualify for these waivers. In Arizona, Maricopa County lost its waiver in January 2016.

Some of the factors that would qualify an individual as an ABAWD or provide a work requirement exemption include:
  • Age (participant must be older than 18 and younger than 50)
  • Residency with a child (participant must not reside in a household with a minor child)
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals participating in drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Pregnant
  • Currently employed
  • At least a part time student
  • Receiving unemployment insurance

For questions about the change or to learn more about SNAP, please see the below resources:
Click image below to listen to recorded webinar with details of this change:

Are you impacted by this change? 
If so, please contact DES at (855) 432-7587