Changes affecting SNAP amount
If a client reports a change that affects the benefit eligibility or amount, you have 10 days from the date the client reports a change to take action.
|Best Practice||When a household uses a Change of Circumstances form to report a change, provide the client with another form, so the client has it to report future changes.|
What impact does the change have?
You must recall what type of household you are dealing with and how you learned the information to determine whether a change affects the household’s benefits.
When the change does not meet these criteria, the change may either increase or close benefits, but SNAP benefit does not decrease.
When benefits increase, make the change effective no later than 10 calendar days from when the client reports or verifies the change. These changes take affect the next month unless you act after the Appendix B-2 Advance Notice or Second Deadline. If appropriate, issue a supplement to correct missed benefits.
When closing benefits, you must allow the household advance notice unless the client provides a written waiver of his or her notice or we are exempt from providing notification. We will cover exemptions on the following page. Consult the Appendix B-2 to allow of the appropriate notice.
A decrease or closure is effective no later than the month after the month in which advance notice was required. When the client reports the change 10 days or more before First Deadline, the change will be made effective at the end of that month.