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How does DTA count my income if I live with other people and I am an ineligible ABAWD?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

If you are a member of a SNAP household and but are not meeting the ABAWD work rules, DTA will take you off the SNAP grant. If you have any income, DTA should only count a portion (pro-rated share) of your income against the rest of your household. 7 C.F.R. § 273.11(c)(2)(ii).

Example: Mary is 21 and lives with her mother. She is an ABAWD who has a very part time job earning $150 per week. Her employer won’t give her 20 hours per week, so DTA stops her portion of her SNAP benefits in April. DTA will take Mary out of the case. DTA should also count only one half ($75) of Mary’s income against her mom.

At the time this Guide was printed DTA does not correctly handle the income of ABAWDs who are terminated and were part of a larger household. Please call MLRI if you are an ABAWD and you think this happened to you. DTA may owe you back SNAP benefits. 

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