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Ops Memo 2013-53: SNAP - Fall 2013 Heat and Eat (H-EAT) Program Update

Date: 
10/17/2013
Author: 
DTA

Background
The Heat & Eat Program is a partnership between DTA and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Under this partnership, eligible SNAP households are identified and selected for the Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) twice each year, Spring and Fall. Existing SNAP households that continue to meet the H-EAT criteria are also selected and reauthorized for the H-EAT benefit.

On the weekend of October 19, 2013, eligible SNAP households will be selected for the 2013 H- EAT Fuel Assistance Program benefits.

  • Approximately 51,000 will be households who received the November 2012 H-EAT Fuel Assistance Program benefit. These households are eligible for a 2013 $1.00 H-EAT benefit. However, they will not see an increase in SNAP benefits because the Heating/Cooling Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) is already on file.
  • Approximately 17,000 will be newly eligible H-EAT Fuel Assistance Program households. For these households, November 2013 SNAP benefits will be recalculated using the Heating/Cooling SUA as anticipated recipients of the H-EAT Fuel Assistance Program.

DHCD will enroll all households in the 2013 H-EAT Fuel Assistance Program and make a $1.00 H-EAT fuel assistance benefit available.

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