SNAP – Fiscal Year 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments
This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2019 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 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2018.
Attached are FY 2019 COLAs for the 48 contiguous States and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Maximum allotments will increase 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 be $642. Maximum allotments for Hawaii decreased to $1,193 for FY 2019. The minimum benefit for the 48 States and D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not change and will remain $15.
The shelter cap values increased by $17 to $552 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 $164 a month for the 48 States and D.C. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also experienced 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 also remain unchanged at $3,500.
Regional Offices should ensure that their States are apprised of these changes. State agencies with questions regarding these adjustments should contact their respective Regional Office representatives. Regional Office staff with questions should contact Sasha Gersten-Paal at Sasha.Gersten-Paal@fns.usda.gov.