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Appendix B: Income and Benefits Standards

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2020

Chart 1: Gross Monthly Income Standards (at 200% of FPL)
Chart 2: Gross Monthly Income Standards (at 130% of FPL)
Chart 3: Maximum Allowable Monthly Net Income Standard (at 100% FPL)
Chart 4: Maximum Food Stamp/SNAP Benefit Amount
Chart 5: Disaster SNAP Maximum Gross Monthly Income and Asset Standard
Chart 6: Standard Deduction
Chart 7: Shelter Deduction
Chart 8: Homeless Shelter/Utility Deduction
Chart 9: Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs)

Chart 1: Monthly GROSS Income Test - 200% FPL* 

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $2,127
2 $2,873
3 $3,620
4 $4,367
5 $5,113
6 $5,860
7 $6,607
8 $7,353
Each additional member Add approximately $747

*Amounts effective as of January 15, 2020. This number may change in January 2021. For the most up to date numbers, go to SNAP Calculation Worksheet.

Note: Elder/Disabled households over 200% FPL may still be eligible, but must meet the $3,500 asset test. 

Chart 2: Monthly GROSS Income Test - 130% FPL*

Relevant for sanctioned SNAP households

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,354
2 $1,832
3 $2,311
4 $2,790
5 $3,269
6 $3,748
7 $4,227
8 $4,705
Each additional member Add $479

*Effective through September 30, 2020

Chart 3: Monthly NET Income Test - 100%FPL*

Relevant for sanctioned SNAP households

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,041
2 $1,410
3 $1,778
4 $2,146
5 $2,515
6 $2,883
7 $3,251
8 $3,620
Each additional member Add $369

*Effective through September 30, 2020

Chart 4: Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount*

Minimum benefit level for one and two person households is $16

Assistance Unit Size MaximumBenefitLevel 
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
Each additional member Add $146

*Current as of January 2020.

Chart 5: “Disaster SNAP” Monthly GROSS Income Limit*

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,777
2 $2,146
3 $2,514
4 $2,893
5 $3,293
6 $3,692
7 $4,060
8 $4,429
Each additional member Add $369

*Effective through September 30, 2020. USDA FY 2020 D-SNAP Allotments and Eligibility Standards (Oct. 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2020)

Income Deductions and Allowances

Chart 6: Standard Deduction*

All households

Assistance Unit Size Standard Deduction
1 $167
2 $167
3 $167
4 $178
5 $209
6 or more $240

*Effective through September 30, 2020

Chart 7: Shelter Deduction*

Used for most SNAP households except for households with an elder or disabled member where the shelter deduction is uncapped.

Maximum Shelter Deduction $569

*Effective through September 30, 2020

Chart 8: Homeless Deduction

Homeless Shelter Deduction $152

*Current as of January 2020

Chart 9: Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs)*

Utility Allowance
Heating/Cooling $646
Non-Heating $396
Phone Only $45
Bay State CAP $646

*Effective through September 30, 2019 (unless USDA proposed regulation change implemented)

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