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                                                      SNAP Benefits to INCREASE October 1st, 2021


SNAP benefits can help you put food on the table. SNAP monthly benefits can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores.

SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a bank card or credit card. If you are eligible, an EBT account is set up for you, and every month your benefits will be deposited right into your account.

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Benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will increase October 1st, 2021 for households in New York by about $36 per person in low-income households, Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced....A family of four will see their maximum allotment under SNAP grow from $680 to $835 under the planned increase. These changes are a result of federally required changes to the following standard deductions:

*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 $20 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 and aged or disabled member, and that do not pay out-of-pocket dependent care costs, must pass the 150% FPL gross income test.

HEAP may be able to help you if you heat your home with Electricity, Natural Gas, Oil, Coal, Propane, Wood/Wood Pellets, Kerosene, or Corn.

Emergency HEAP Benefit

The 2020-2021 Emergency benefit opened January 4, 2021.

Beginning April 15, 2021, a third Emergency Benefit is available for households who have exhausted the Regular, first Emergency and second Emergency HEAP benefits and who are in a heat or heat-related energy emergency, as defined by HEAP, and who met the eligibility guidelines for Emergency Benefit Assistance.

The Second Emergency Benefit was made available effective March 8, 2021.


Emergency HEAP benefits and eligibility are based on: income, available resources, and the type of emergency.