Qualifying for SNAP: Each application is reviewed pursuant to federal regulations and no two households are alike. There may be other regulations than what is listed below that apply which may impact your eligibility. Check the SNAP Income Limits.
Resources: Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or households who receive POWER/Tribal TANF are exempt from the resource limit. If your household includes a member who is age 60 or older or includes a member who is disabled has a resource limit of $3,750. All other households may have up to $2,500 in resources.
Resources are things like:
- Checking and savings accounts.
- Income producing property.
- Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.
Benefit Amounts: The amount of SNAP a household receives depends on the number of people in your household and the total amount of net income (income after eligible deductions).
Deductions: Income deductions are subtracted from both earned and unearned income. The deductions are:
- Earned Income Deduction – 20% of gross earnings
- The standard deduction is $177 for AU sizes of 1-3, $184 for AU size of 4, $215 for AU size of 5 and $246 for AU sizes of 6 and above.
- Medical Deduction – allowable medical expenses incurred by elderly or disabled household members in excess of $35 per household.
- Dependent Care Deduction – payments for the care of a child or other incapacitated adult which are necessary for a household member to work, look for work or attend school or training.
- Child Support Deduction – allowable for payments of legally obligated child support.
- Shelter Deduction – allowable shelter costs (rent or mortgage, property taxes, insurance on the structure and utility expenses) in excess of 50% of household income remaining after all other deductions. For households with an elderly or disabled member, there is no limit on the shelter deduction; for all other households, the shelter deduction cannot exceed $569.
For more information, contact your local DFS office or the SNAP/TANF Program Manager: