SNAP/FAP Benefit Time Limits started Jan. 1 2016 for "Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents"

Cross-posted with permission from Food Gatherers!

Starting January 1, 2017, there is a three month time limit for receiving SNAP/FAP benefits unless an individual is exempt or meets the work requirement. The work requirement was previously waived due to economic conditions but it is now in effect again for clients living in Kent, Oakland, Ottawa or Washtenaw Counties


Who is at risk of losing benefits?

SNAP/FAP recipients who are:

  • between 18 and 49 years old

  • are not disabled

  • do not have children under 18, and

  • are not working at least 20 hours a week.

You should not lose your benefits if you are:

  • Under age 18 or 50 years or older

  • Working 20 hours or more per week, including self-employment, or working in exchange for goods or services

  • Receiving retirement, survivors and disability insurance due to disability or blindness, or receives Supplemental Security Income or State Disability Assistance

  • Physically or mentally unable to work 20 hours a week

  • Receiving or have applied for unemployment benefits

  • Participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program

  • Attending training, college at least half-time, and meeting the student eligibility criteria to receive SNAP

  • Living with a child under 18 who is part of your SNAP household

  • Pregnant - at any stage of pregnancy

  • Caring for a person with a disability or a child under age 6


Are YOU someone who might lose your benefits? 

Click here for a checklist to help you find out what to do. You'll need to contact your caseworker right away to provide information about your situation so that your benefits will not be cut. 


Resources and materials for community members and case managers

SNAP/FAP ABAWD Time Limit Desk Guide - a quick reference for navigating the new work requirement with clients.

Client Outreach Flyer - a one page notice for clients

MDHHS Handout - a two-sided overview for clients 

Frequently Asked Questions - resource document from MDHHS


Sample Forms 

Sample Medical Statement Form - For clients who are not mentally or physically able to work at least 20 hours per week. Client needs to fill out the top part of this form and then have their physician complete it. Client returns form to DHHS.

Chronic Homeless Verification Form - For housing provider staff to verify a client is exempt from the time limit if they meet certain criteria.



To contact your local DHHS office

To find a partner that can help with the online portal, MiBridges

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