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Appendix B: Income and Benefits Standards

We are in the process of updating the SNAP Advocacy Guide, so some of the information is no longer current.  In the meantime, you can read or download a pdf of the 2022 guide from www.masslegalservices.org/FoodStampSNAPAdvocacyGuide

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed October 2022

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 $2,265
2 $3,052
3 $3,839
4 $4,625
5 $5,412
6 $5,199
7 $6,985
8 $7,772
Each additional member Add approximately $787

*Amounts effective as of January 12, 2022. 

Note: Elder/Disabled households over 200% FPL may still be eligible, but must meet the $4,250 asset test. 

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

Relevant for sanctioned SNAP households

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,473
2 $1,984
3 $2,495
4 $3,007
5 $3,518
6 $4,029
7 $4,541
8 $5,052
Each additional member Add $512

*Effective October 1, 2022.

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

 

Assistance Unit Size Maximum gross monthly income
1 $1,133
2 $1,526
3 $1,920
4 $2,313
5 $2,706
6 $3,100
7 $3,493
8 $3,886
Each additional member Add $394

*Effective October 1, 2022.

Chart 4: Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount*

Minimum benefit level for one and two person households is $23

Assistance Unit Size MaximumBenefitLevel 
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each additional member Add $211

*Effective October 1, 2022. 
As of the date this was published, all households receiving SNAP benefits get at least the maximum benefit amount for their household size. This Emergency Allotment supplement is paid in a second issuance on the second business day of the following month and will continue for the duration of the state and federal emergency. Households whose regular SNAP is the maximum benefit amount receive a $95 Emergency Allotment.

Chart 5: Blank

Income Deductions and Allowances

Chart 6: Standard Deduction*

All households

Assistance Unit Size Standard Deduction
1 $193
2 $193
3 $193
4 $193
5 $235
6 or more $258

*Effective October 1, 2022.

Chart 7: Shelter Deduction*

For all SNAP households except for households with member(s) 60+ or disabled - then the shelter deduction is uncapped.

Maximum Shelter Deduction $624

*Effective October 1, 2022.

Chart 8: Homeless Deduction

Homeless Shelter Deduction $167

*Effective October 1, 2022.

Chart 9: Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs)*

Utility Allowance
Heating/Cooling $860
Non-Heating $525
Phone Only $60
Bay State CAP $860

*Effective October 1, 2022.

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