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Impact of $11 Min Wage Boost on SNAP; Upcoming TAFDC Cash Assistance Training on Jan 11th

Greetings Coalition members. Please rest up for the important work ahead in 2017 ! We need all of you feisty and energized to help protect and defend critical federal nutrition and safety net benefits for our nation's most vulnerable residents. THANK YOU for all you do!

Updated SNAP chart for working families - January 2017

For those of you who work with low-wage working households, attached is an updated chart on the impact of the $11 minimum wage on SNAP recipients. This gives you the final SNAP math for working households of 1-4 persons - based on working 20 or 40 hours per week. The chart identifies the monthly SNAP benefit for households in the following scenarios: a) minimal or no shelter costs, b) maximum shelter costs, and c) child care expenses at sample amounts. 

For most households, there is no "cliff effect" - they still receive SNAP while earning $11/hour or more. But you can see some eligibility fall-off (cliff) for households of 3 or more as income goes up - either because they zero out of benefits or hit the 200% FPL level. To test the SNAP math yourself with your clients, check our our online SNAP Math Calc App! 

Impact of the $11 minimum wage increase on the "ABAWD" population

Some SNAP households without children can receive only 3 months of SNAP unless a) exempt from the time limit or living in an exempted area of the state, OR b) meeting some of the federal work rules. One of the ABAWD work rules involves doing volunteer or "community service" work, the hours of work based on the amount of the SNAP benefit, divided by the state minimum wage.

Example: The maximum SNAP benefit for a 1 person household is $194/month. An individual receiving the max SNAP benefit would need to do 17 hours a month (that's about 4.2 hours a week) to qualify for his or her SNAP.  But if the individual is working part time (less than 80 hours a month) and is getting $55 in SNAP, he or she would be required to do 5 hours a month of community service. Please advise your clients of how the work requirements have changed. Also continue to screen for possible exemptions from the  3 month time limit.

For more on the ABAWD 3 month time limit and work conditions, go HERE.

For information on community service options, or for your organization to register with DTA as a community service site, go HERE. (Scroll down to Questionnaire for Community-Based Organizations:

Basic Benefits Training - New Developments in TAFDC Cash Assistance in Massachusetts

Wednesday, 1/11/2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mass Continuing Legal Education, Boston 

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the latest changes in TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash assistance program for families. The training provides an overview of program rules and information about recent changes. There are also sessions on disability rights, dealing with the time limit and work requirement, and child care

For more information and to register, go HERE: http://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2170115P01

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