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64. How does DTA count my income if I live with other people and I am an ineligible ABAWD?

ALERT:  Many of the rules in the SNAPAdvocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 & DTA benefits page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice for more information about changes.

If you are a member of a SNAP household and but are not meeting the ABAWD work rules, DTA will take you off the SNAP grant. If you have any income, DTA should only count a portion (pro-rated share) of your income against the rest of your household. 7 C.F.R. § 273.11(c)(2)(ii).

Example: Mary is 21 and lives with her mother. She is an ABAWD who has a very part time job earning $150 per week. Her employer won’t give her 20 hours per week, so DTA stops her portion of her SNAP benefits in April. DTA should also count only one half ($75) of Mary’s income against her mom.

At the time this Guide was printed DTA does not correctly handle the income of ABAWDs who are terminated and were part of a larger household. Please call MLRI if you are an ABAWD and you think this happened to you. DTA may owe you back SNAP benefits.