Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)


SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)


In compliance with federal requirements 7 CFR 273.9(a)(3), effective October 1, 2020, the SNAP standards will be as follows:

The standard deduction amounts that will be used in the annual SNAP mass re-budgeting for October 1, 2020:

Household SizeStandard Deduction
1$167
2$167
3$167
4$181
5$212
6+$243

The minimum allotment for one and two-person households will remain at $16.

Maximum Excess Shelter Deductions:  $586 (increase)

Homeless Shelter Deduction:               $156.74 (increase)

Boarder/Lodger Exclusion:                  $204 (increase) for 1 person or $374 (increase) for 2 persons


The new Federal Poverty Limit (FPL) thresholds are as follows:

Household Size 200% of FPL*165% of FPL**150% of FPL***Maximum Gross Monthly Income 130% of FPLMaximum Net Monthly Income 100% of FPLMaximum Allotment
1$2,126$1,755$1,595$1,383$1,604$204
2$2,873$2,371$2,155$1,868$1,437$374
3$3,620$2,987$2,715$2,353$1,810$535
4$4,366$3,603$3,275$2,839$2,184$680
5$5,113$4,219$3,835$3,324$2,557$807
6$5,860$4,835$4,395$3,809$2,930$969
7$6,606$5,451$4,955$4,295$3,304$1,071
8$7,353$6,067$5,515$4,780$3,677$1,224
Each Add'l Member+$746+$616+$560+$486+$674+$153


*SNAP households containing any aged or disabled members, and households that pay out-of-pocket dependent care costs, that pass the 200% FPL gross income test and do not contain a SNAP-sanctioned or an Intentional Program Violation (IPV) member are categorically eligible for SNAP, meaning that such households are not subject to a resource test, and that such households of one or two persons are, minimally, eligible to receive the $16 minimum allotment for households of one or two persons.

**Elderly (60 years of age or older) or household members (and their spouses) who are incapable of buying food or preparing meals due to a disability may apply as a separate food unit if the income of the others with whom the individual resides (excluding the income of the elderly and disabled individual and his/her spouse) do not exceed the 165% FPL amount.


***SNAP households with earned income budgeted for the purpose of determining SNAP eligibility and benefit amount that do not contain a household member that is sanctioned or disqualified for an Intentional Program Violation (IPV), failure to comply with work rules or voluntary job quit, that do not contain an aged or disabled member, and that do not pay out-of-pocket dependent care costs, must pass the 150% FPL gross income test.

It should be noted that, per USDA rules, all households of three or more people, after the applicable Gross and/or Net Income Test(s) are passed, must have their monthly Net Income calculate out to a positive SNAP Allotment to be eligible to receive benefits.


Standard Utility Allowances (SUA): The Combined Standard Allowance for Heat (AC) / Utility / Phone in New York City will increase by $1.00 (FSUA: IND). Amounts for the Combined Standard Allowance for Heat (AC) / Utility / Phone (HT/AC Expense Indicator) in all Rest of State districts will remain unchanged. Also, for all geographic areas, amounts for the Combined Standard for Utility / Phone (FSUT IND in NYC and UTIL in Rest of State) as well as the Standard Allowance for PHONE will remain unchanged (see table below):

Geographic AreaHT/AC SUAUTIL SUAPHONE SUA
NYC$801 (increase)$316$30
Nassau & Suffolk$744$292$30
Rest of State$661$268$30

NOTE: The SUA values other than the Phone SUA include amounts for water, sewage and trash collection.


NYSNIP BENEFITS MATRIX BY SHELTER TYPES

Effective 10/01/20 – 09/30/21

HOUSEHOLDSNAP/FOOD STAMP MONTHLY BENEFIT
New YorkNassau/SuffolkUpstate

Shelter Type 94 (High Shelter/SUA

SSI Only

Other Income

$204

$204

$204

$204

$204

$198

Shelter Type 95 (Low Shelter/SUA)

SSI Only

Other Income

$204

$197

$189

$180

$164

$155

Shelter Type 95 (Low Shelter/SUA)Shelter Type 96 (High Shelter/ SUA/$21

SSI Only

Other Income

$204 

$204

$204 

$204

$204

$198

Shelter Type 96 (High Shelter/ No SUA)

SSI Only

Other Income

$18 

$16

$18

$16

$18

$16

Shelter Type 97 (Low  Shelter/ SUA/$21

SSI Only

Other Income

$204 

$197

$189

$180

$164

$155

Shelter Type 97 (Low  Shelter/ No SUA

SSI Only

Other Income

$16

$16

$16

$16

$16

$16

Shelter Type 98 

(No Shelter or SUA

SSI Only

Other Income

$16

$16

$16

$16

$16

$16


Notices

Federal regulations do not require individual notice regarding mass changes, and individual notices will not be sent this year. If individual notices are not provided, public notice must be. OTDA will be posting public notice in print media and social media outlets during the month of September. Districts also are required to immediately post the attached public notice in English and Spanish regarding the October 2020 SNAP standards. The posters must be displayed in certification offices, issuance locations, and other sites frequented by certified households to ensure households are informed of the change. OTDA will not be printing and drop shipping copies of the posters.  Please see the links below for the public notice from OTDA's website.


Notice to all SNAP Recipients Important! Please Read!

 

Aviso a Todos los Beneficiarios de SNAP IMPORTANTE - LÉALO









Walmart Curbside Pickup - Starting July 9, 2020 - SNAP accepted






Key Information for the Public in the need of or in receipt of Public Benefits during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 Lewis County DSS is asking applicants to do everything they can through myBenefits.ny.gov.  Please call the agency at 315-376-5400 with any questions prior to coming into the office. Currently All SNAP, Temporary Assistance and HEAP application interviews may be done by phone.

 

To Apply for SNAP or HEAP you can do so online at:  www.mybenefits.ny.gov

OR

To Apply for SNAP, Temporary Assistance or HEAP, you can also go to www.otda.ny.gov  and print off an application.

Or

Call 315-376-5400 and an application can be mailed to you.

 

You can submit the application and/or supporting documentation by:

  • Fax:  315-376-4112
  • Mail: PO Box 193 Lowville, NY 13367
  • Drop box:  Located at the main entrance of the Social Services Building

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.

It is possible to get SNAP right away, or within a few days of applying.   If you have little or no money and need help right away, you may qualify for "expedited" SNAP. If you do, you must receive your initial SNAP benefit within five days. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply all the required documentation at a later date. 

 

Any Stimulus rebate payments from the Federal Government’s CARE Act will be excluded as income.






The purpose of the federally funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program

(SNAP), formerly known in New York State as the Food Stamp Program, is to reduce hunger and malnutrition by supplementing the food purchasing of eligible low-income individuals.


All persons, even if they are members of different families, who customarily purchase and prepare meals together are to be considered members of the same SNAP benefits household and will need to apply together.


An application can be completed online or in person. To apply online, please visit https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin .   An interview needs to be conducted and can be done over the phone by calling (315) 376.5400 or face to face in the office located on Outer Stowe Street, Lowville, NY 13367 for all Lewis County residents. 


Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.


Documents that are or may be required:

  • An applicant’s Identity
  • Residency in the County
  • Date of Birth/Citizenship
  • Social Security Number
  • Income


If eligible for SNAP benefits the following could be verified and possible increase your benefits.  Expenses such as:

  • Shelter costs
  • Fuel and or utility bills
  • Childcare costs
  • Support payments made to someone outside of the household
  • Medical expenses


For more information regarding Benefits, Eligibility, to Apply or for Recertification, please visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/ or please contact Lewis County Department of Social Services at (315) 376.5400.


If you qualify for SNAP, you qualify for free school meals.

Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
     1400 Independence Avenue, SW
     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

With respect to public accommodations, New York State additionally prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, transgender status, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, marital status, and military status.