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SNAP - FY 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

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FNS-GD-2016-0054
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DATE: August 10, 2016
SUBJECT: SNAP - Fiscal Year 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustments
TO: All Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2016.

Attached are FY 2017 COLAs for the 48 contiguous states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maximum allotments will remain unchanged for the 48 states and D.C., Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alaska. For a family of four receiving a maximum allotment, benefits will continue to be $649. Maximum allotments will increase for Hawaii.

The shelter cap values increased by $13 to $517 for the 48 states and D.C. The shelter cap values for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands also increased. The minimum standard deduction for household sizes 1 through 3 increased to $157 a month for the 48 states and D.C. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also experienced minimal increases in their standard deduction amounts for certain household sizes.

The resource limit for households will remain unchanged for the 48 states and the District of Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands at $2,250. The resource limit for households where at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled, will remain unchanged at $3,250.

Regional offices should ensure that their states are appraised of these changes. State agencies with questions regarding these adjustments should contact their respective regional office representatives.

Lizbeth Silbermann
Director
Program Development Division

08/10/2016

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.