|Special Rules for Elderly or Disabled|
Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC), and most retirement (pension) plans.
The procedures for handling vehicles are determined at the state level. States have the option of substituting the vehicle rules used in their TANF assistance programs for SNAP vehicle rules when it results in a lower attribution of household assets. A number of States exclude the entire value of the household’s primary vehicle as an asset. In States that count the value of vehicles, the fair market value of each licensed vehicle that is not excluded is evaluated. Currently 39 States exclude the value of all vehicles entirely. 11 States totally exclude the value of at least one vehicle per household. The 3 remaining states exempt an amount higher than the SNAP’s standard auto exemption (currently set at $4,650) from the fair market value to determine the countable resource value of a vehicle. For more information concerning State specific vehicle policy, check with the State agency that administers the SNAP program.
But would I qualify today? Perhaps not.
The standards for income are set forth in the USDA site:
Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.(Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013)
Household size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,211 $ 931 2 1,640 1,261 3 2,069 1,591 4 2,498 1,921 5 2,927 2,251 6 3,356 2,581 7 3,785 2,911 8 4,214 3,241 Each additional member +429 +330Gross income means a household's total, nonexcluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.* SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.
Deductions are allowed as follows:
A 20 percent deduction from earned income; A standard deduction of $149 for households sizes of 1 to 3 people and $160 for a household size of 4 (higher for some larger households); A dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education; Medical expenses for elderly or disabled members that are more than $35 for the month if they are not paid by insurance or someone else; Legally owed child support payments; Some States allow homeless households a set amount ($143) for shelter costs; and Excess shelter costs that are more than half of the household's income after the other deductions. Allowable costs include the cost of fuel to heat and cook with, electricity, water, the basic fee for one telephone, rent or mortgage payments and taxes on the home. (Some States allow a set amount for utility costs instead of actual costs.) The amount of the shelter deduction cannot be more than $469 unless one person in the household is elderly or disabled. (The limit is higher in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.)
People in Household Maximum Monthly Allotment 1 $ 200 2 $ 367 3 $ 526 4 $ 668 5 $ 793 6 $ 952 7 $ 1,052 8 $ 1,202 Each additional person $ 150
If a household applies after the first day of the month, benefits will be provided from t
Benefit Computation Example Multiply net income by 30%...
(Round up)Subtract 30% of net income from the maximum
allotment for the household size...
$1,143.5 net monthly income
x .3 = $343.05 (round up to $344)$668 maximum allotment for 4 - $344 (30% of
net income) = $324, SNAP Allotment
for a full month
And I will leave that up to the reader to decide. With obesity being the number one medical issue among the very poor, it would seem that, increasingly, it is an argument that might make sense. When people in this country are getting FATTER AND FATTER, maybe we should stop paying them to eat.
Here is a link to a table on the USDA site of the overall cost of the SNAP program, average benefit per person (less than $200 a month) and total number of people on the program. As of 2011, about 45 million people are on the program, collecting about $133 each. Total cost, for 2011, was 75,706,080,000. That's 75 Billion bucks. Sounds like a lot of money, until you realize it represents only about 6% of our annual deficit, and about 2% of our overall National Budget.