Thousands in CT will lose SNAP soon. How might you avoid the loss?
The new rule: As of April 1, 2020*, anyone who is considered to be able-bodied, who are between ages 18 and 50, and who are not living with dependents, can get only 3 months of SNAP in any 36-month period unless they are working 20 hours per week.
* This new rule is being appealed in court. Unless a judge orders differently, it begins on 4/1/2020.
What you can do:
- Show the CT Department of Social Services (DSS) you should not be considered able-bodied because of one of the following reasons:
- You receive Unemployment Compensation.
- You receive SSI, SSDI, Workers’ Compensation, SAGA, or other government or private disability pension.
- You have a recent written statement that you are “unfit” physically or mentally for employment of 20 hours per week, from a doctor, nurse, designated representative of a doctor’s office, psychologist, or social worker.
- You have been homeless for 3 months, meaning you have been living on the street or you did not know each day where you would sleep.
- You have been fired from work for addiction but you are not yet recovered or you are in a rehabilitation program.
- Show DSS you do 20 hours per week of work activities, which can be any combination of
- volunteering, or
- a SNAP Education and Training program (you must be formally enrolled).
How to contact DSS if this rule does not apply to you:
- Go to a DSS office (dial 2-1-1 for a list of offices) with any proof you have, or call DSS at 1-855-626-6632.
- If this rule is wrongly applied to you, appeal no later than 90 days from the date of the DSS letter ending your SNAP by
- calling 1-800-462-0134 or 860-424-5760,
- daxing DSS-OLCRAH at 860-424-4923, or
- writing to DSS-OLCRAH at 55 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105.
IF you get your appeal in to OLCRAH within 10 days, your SNAP should continue until the hearing decision.
Call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320, or apply online for help from SLS at http://slsct.org.