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Appendix B: Income and Benefits Standards

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed February 2019

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 $2,082
2 $2,818
3 $3,555
4 $4,292
5 $5,028
6 $5,765
7 $6,502
8 $7,238
Each additional member Add approximately $737

*Amounts effective as of February1, 2019. This number may change in January 2020. For the most up to date numbers, go to Masslegalservices.org/content/ma-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 $1,316
2 $1,784
3 $2,252
4 $2,720
5 $3,188
6 $3,656
7 $4,124
8 $4,592
Each additional member Add $468

*Effective through September 30, 2019

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

Relevant for sanctioned SNAP households

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,012
2 $1,372
3 $1,732
4 $2,092
5 $2,452
6 $2,812
7 $3,172
8 $3,532
Each additional member Add $360

*Effective through September 30, 2019

Chart 4: Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount*

Minimum benefit level for one and two person households is $15

Assistance Unit Size MaximumBenefitLevel 
1 $192
2 $353
3 $505
4 $642
5 $762
6 $914
7 $1,011
8 $1,155
Each additional member Add $144

*Current as of January 2019.

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

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,728
2 $2,088
3 $2,448
4 $2,818
5 $3,208
6 $3,598
7 $3,958
8 $4,318
Each additional member Add $360

*Effective through September 30, 2019

Income Deductions and Allowances

Chart 6: Standard Deduction*

All households

Assistance Unit Size Standard Deduction
1 $164
2 $164
3 $164
4 $174
5 $204
6 or more $234

*Effective through September 30, 2019

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 $552

*Effective through September 30, 2019

Chart 8: Homeless Deduction

Homeless Shelter Deduction $143

*Current as of January 2019

Chart 9: Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs)*

Utility Allowance
Heating/Cooling $643
Non-Heating $396
Phone Only $45
Bay State CAP $643

*Effective through September 30, 2019

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