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SNAP recipients who are age 18 through 49 who are able to work, but not working 80 hours a month, and have no minor-age children in their SNAP household are known as Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDS).
The following is more information for and about ABAWDs, including commonly asked questions and helpful resources.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2023, there will be several changes to SNAP ABAWD rules. Specifically, the age to be considered an ABAWD will expand to include people ages 18-50 on September 1, 2023, and will change again on Oct.1, 2023, to include individuals up to age 52. Additional changes occurring Sept. 1, 2023, include the expansion of certain groups to exempt status (veterans, adults up to age 24 who left foster care at age 18, and individuals experiencing homelessness).
Importantly, the ABAWD clock will reset on Sept. 1, 2023, for a three-year period through Aug. 31, 2026, essentially restarting the three-month time limit for ABAWDs.
More information is available in the Notices below:
Since April 1, 2020, the federal government suspended the three-month time limit rule for ABAWDs in response to COVID-19. With the federal COVID-19 public health emergency officially ending on May 11, 2023, the three-month rule for ABAWDS is being reinstated beginning July 1, 2023. Notices were sent to all households impacted by the change, which can be found below in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
No. If a SNAP recipient is not an ABAWD, they do not have a time limit. Non-ABAWDs typically receive SNAP for 12 months at a time and can maintain SNAP benefits if they complete necessary interim and recertification requirements and remain eligible for SNAP.
The ABAWD Work Exemption form below can help determine if you might be eligible for an exemption. It also lists the documentation you need to provide to DHS to make you exempt.
You can submit your exemption verification documents by uploading it to the online Customer Portal (resources to help you with the portal can be found here), by putting it in our secure drop boxes in from of all of our offices or by mailing it to DHS, PO Box 8709, Cranston, RI 02920.
Appeals information can be found here.
ABAWD Work Exemption Form
Community Partner Unfit for Work Form
ABAWD Medical Verification Form