SNAP Work Requirements (ABAWDS)

Beginning on March 1, 2016, SNAP recipients that are known as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) will see a change in their benefits and requirements. An ABAWD is a benefit recipient, ages 18 through 49 with no dependents, who must work or participate in a work program to maintain eligibility for SNAP.

What are the changes?
ABAWDs will need to now fulfill work requirements in order to continue to receive SNAP benefits. The work requirements are one of the following:

1. Work an average of at least 80 hours per month
2. Participate in, and comply with, a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, a Trade Adjustment
     Assistance Act program, or an approved employment training program for 80 hours or more per month
3. Participate in an approved program for 20 hours or more per week.

Individuals who do not complete any of the described work requirements will receive three months of SNAP benefits during a fixed three-year period.

DHS will notify all ABAWDs regarding these changes by letter.

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