Effective July 1, Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving SNAP who are 18-49 are required to work 20 hours per week on average or to participate in approved employment and training activities. Approximately 50,000 Hoosiers are impacted by requirements.
SNAP recipients who are determined to be “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” (commonly called ABAWD) received a letter from FSSA in July informing them of new work requirements and a notice for an initial appointment for an assessment that will determine how best the individual can meet the requirements to remain eligible for SNAP. The assessment will occur in the individual’s county of residence. If an individual feels they are being categorized as an ABAWD inaccurately this can also be addressed at the assessment. What is very important to share with clients is to keep appointments for assessment. No transportation assistance is being provided for clients to attend the initial assessment, however if transportation is a barrier to the individual’s work participation it will be discussed at the assessment. If an assessment is missed, individuals will be contacted by letter up to four times with information on how to get on track for compliance.
We are asking all of our friends and partners around the state to help our neighbors. Please consider the following:
1.) Post a flyer in your agency where ABAWDs or their friends may see it. You can find it here:
2.) Refer individuals to 2-1-1 for more information.
3.) Encourage clients to keep all appointments to ensure they get enrolled in eligible work activities to maintain SNAP eligibility.
Assistance is needed from:
- health and mental health providers to help clients apply for an exemption if there is a medical, mental health or addiction issue making them unfit for work, but who are not yet on disability. See information sheet in English and in Spanish and sample letter for providers to complete, as prepared by our friends at Indiana Legal Services, Inc;
Any organizations with clients who have special circumstances, i.e. a caregiver for an older adult or person with disability who is not able to meet work requirements to contact the Indiana Association of United Ways.