Resource | Regulations
PART 273—SNAP Certification of Eligible Households

Household concept: A household is composed of one of the following individuals or groups of individuals, unless otherwise specified in paragraph (b) of this section.

Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, states consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, states can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the state or local area.  Different states may use different terms to describe these allowances.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0004
Revised Treatment of Gift Cards in Determining SNAP Eligibility and Benefits

The memorandum that follows is intended to update earlier guidance provided to state agencies on the treatment of gift cards in determining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility and benefits.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0002
Updated Retirement Account Exclusions from Resources

This memorandum updates earlier guidance on the treatment of retirement accounts in determining SNAP eligibility.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0013
LIHEAP Implementation Memo

On February 7, 2014, SNAP was reauthorized as part of The Agricultural Act of 2014 (PL 113-79). Attached is an implementing memorandum describing Section 4006, "Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance."

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0053
Treatment of Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

This memorandum provides guidance to states on how to treat MLR rebates received by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households.

Resource | Legislation
Medical Deductions—Medical Marijuana and Other Illegal Substances

This memorandum is to reaffirm Food and Nutrition Service  (FNS) policy regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) medical deduction and medicinal marijuana. Due to the increase in the number of states with laws that permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, FNS is now reaffirming its long standing policy that a household may not utilize the SNAP medical deduction for the cost of any substance considered illegal under federal law.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2010-0013
Treatment of TANF-Funded Subsidized Employment Income

It has come to our attention that a number of states have begun using the Emergency Fund to develop and implement a wide range of subsidized employment efforts. In addition to the Emergency Fund program, subsidized employment may be funded under the regular TANF block grant or state Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funds.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FSP Eligibility and Certification Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002

his final rule implements 11 provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) that establish new eligibility and certification requirements for the receipt of food stamps.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0077
SNAP - Excluding $25 Unemployment Compensation Payments from Income and Resources

A recently enacted law changes the treatment of the $25 supplemental weekly Unemployment Compensation payment authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2OO9 (ARRA) authorized.