Important Info RE: COVID-19, SNAP and Unemployment

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact the physical, emotional, and financial health of CT residents, please see the below message from Greater Hartford Legal Aid. We do not want this important benefit to go unnoticed. We know that approximately 70% of folks accessing food-distribution sites have never done so before, and we know that it is sometimes difficult to ask for help. Please remember that these are extraordinary times and there are programs to help.  Many thanks to long-time grantee Greater Hartford Legal Aid for putting this piece together.       
 — Maureen McIntrye, CEO, NCAAA — 

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact the physical, emotional, and financial health of CT residents, please see the below message from Greater Hartford Legal Aid. We do not want this important benefit to go unnoticed. We know that approximately 70% of folks accessing food-distribution sites have never done so before, and we know that it is sometimes difficult to ask for help. Please remember that these are extraordinary times and there are programs to help.  Many thanks to long-time grantee Greater Hartford Legal Aid for putting this piece together.       
 — Maureen McIntrye, CEO, NCAAA — 
 
  COVID-19, SNAP and Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut

1.  Many people who get Unemployment benefits are eligible for SNAP! If you and your household have monthly gross income (income before taxes) below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level, you should apply for SNAP.  

➔ While most Unemployment benefits count as income, the extra $300/week you receive does NOT count as income for SNAP. The extra $300/week is called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
 
2. Will I get the extra  $300 separate from the rest of my unemployment benefits?

No, it will go into your bank account, along with your previous unemployment benefit, as one amount.. Make sure to ignore the extra $300 when calculating your income for SNAP.
 
EXAMPLE: Sarah Smith was laid off from her job. She has two children. Sarah gets $400/week regular Unemployment and $300/week FPUC. When she applies for SNAP, the state does not count the $300/ week as income.

3. Who do I need to include as part of my SNAP household on the application?

If you live with your spouse or with children under 22 years old, you need to include them in your SNAP application. Otherwise, you only need to include other people you live with if you make and buy most of your food together.
 
4. How do I apply for SNAP?

a. Online from your smartphone or computer at

https://www.connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp

b. Call the Department of Social Services at
855 626-6632, or visit any DSS office to request a paper application.

c. Call EndHungerCT (860) 560-2100 to do an application over the phone.
 
5.  How much SNAP will I get?

During the pandemic emergency, everyone who gets SNAP is expected to get the maximum amount for their household size. Households whose normal SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount will get a supplement, usually mid-month, to make up the difference.  See box for maximum.  →
 
This table lists the maximum benefits per household size including a 15% increase in effect until June 30, 2021.
Number of Members in SNAP household SNAP benefit      1    $234      
2    $430      
3    $616      
4    $782      
5    $929      
6    $1114      
7    $1232      
8    $1408
January 26, 2021, Greater Hartford Legal Aid with help Victoria Negus
at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

 
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