Appendix B: Income and Benefits Standards

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Last updated February 2016

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:
Gross Monthly Income Standards
(at 200% of FPL)

Note: Elder/Disabled households over 200% FPL may still be elibigble but must meet the $3,250 asset test. See 106 CMR § 364.976.

Assistance
unit size
Maximum gross
monthly income
1 $2,010
2 $2,706
3 $3,403
4 $4,100
5 $4,796
6 $5,493
7 $6,190
8 $6,887
each additional member Add approx. $693

Amount effective as of January 31, 2017.

Note: Elder/Disabled households over 200% FPL may still be eligible, but must meet the $3,250 asset test

Chart 2:
Gross Monthly Income Standards
(at 200% of FPL)

Only relevant for sanctioned households. See 106 CMR § 364.950

Assistance
unit size
200% of Federal
Poverty Level
1 $1,265
2 $1,705
3 $2,144
4 $2,584
5 $3,024
6 $3,464
7 $3,904
8 $4,344
each additional member add $440

Effective until October 1, 2017.

Chart 3:
Maximum Allowable Monthly
Net Income Standards (at 100% of FPL)

Relevant for sanctioned households. See 106 CMR § 364.970.

Assistance
unit size
Maximum net
monthly income
1 $981
2 $1,328
3 $1,675
4 $2,021
5 $2,368
6 $2,715
7 $3,061
8 $3,408
each additional member $348

Effective until October 1, 2017.

Chart 4:
Maximum Food Stamps/SNAP
Benefit Amount

Minimum benefit amount for one and two person
households is $16.
See 106 CMR § 364.980

Assistance
unit size
Maximum benefit
amount
1 $194
2 $357
3 $511
4 $649
5 $771
6 $925
7 $1,022
8 $1,169
each additional member $146

Current as of January 2017.

Chart 5:
Disaster SNAP Maximum Gross Monthly Income and Asset Standard

See 106 CMR § 364.946

Assistance
unit size
Maximum benefit
amount
1 $1,640
2 $1,987
3 $2,334
4 $2,693
5 $3,069
6 $3,445
7 $3,791
8 $4,138
each additional member $348

Effective until October 1, 2016.

Chart 6:
Standard Deduction

All Households

Assistance
unit size
Maximum benefit
amount
1 $157
2 $157
3 $157
4 $168
5 $197
6 or more $226

Effective until October 1, 2017.

Chart 7:
Shelter Deduction

(For households without elders or persons with disabilities. For households with elders or persons with disabilities the shelter deduction is not capped.)

Maximum shelter deduction
$517

Effective October 1, 2017.

Chart 8:
Homeless Shelter/Utility Deduction

Homeless shelter deduction
$143

Current as of January 2017

Chart 9:
Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs)

Utility
Allowance
Heating/Cooling $609
Nonheating $376
Phone $43
Bay State CAP $609

Updated October 1, 2017.

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