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Work Rules for People without Children


Do you have a low income and no children?

You may be able to get up to $189 a month in SNAP/Food Stamps, depending on your income:

  1. A single person with little or no income can get up to $189 a month in SNAP/Food Stamps. 
  2. A couple with very little or no income can get up to a maximum of $347 per month.
  3. You should not lose benefits because of work rules. Some people have to do job search once a year. A few people have to go to an education or training program or do community service to get SNAP. But most people do not have to do any of these things to get SNAP.
  4. You should not lose SNAP because of “time limits.” There used to be a 3-month time limit on SNAP for some people. Some people who were between 18-49 lost their benefits after 3 months, if they did not meet the work rules. The SNAP rules are different now. The time limit does not apply to anyone in Massachusetts now.
  5. Call your local legal services office if you have trouble getting SNAP because of a work rule or time limit or any other SNAP problem.

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last updated November 2013


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