- Eligibility is based on household size, income, and household expenses.
- You are not required to screen for eligibility before applying for SNAP.
- If you receive SSI/Disability benefits, you can still qualify for SNAP. Receiving SNAP does not reduce your SSI/Disability payments.
- If you are a caregiver who is not a foster parent but are financially responsible for a child or children in your care, you may be eligible for SNAP.
- You are not required to be fingerprinted to get SNAP.
Download a list of eligibility requirements and necessary documents.
Use the ACCESS NYC eligibility screener.
Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Work Requirements
You must meet the Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) work requirements if you apply for or receive SNAP benefits and are an ABAWD, as defined by federal SNAP rules.
ABAWDs are only eligible to get SNAP benefits for three months in a 3-year period unless they meet certain special work requirements or are excused. In New York State, this 3-year period began on January 1, 2019.
As of April 1, 2020, all ABAWDs who live in New York City will have to meet one of the activities listed below to fulfill their work requirement.
If you are an ABAWD you must complete and give us proof of one of the following each month:
- Work, including "in-kind" and volunteer work, for at least 80 hours per month.
- Participation in an employment and training program for veterans operated by the Department of Labor or Department of Veterans Affairs for at least 80 hours per month.
- Participate in a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or Trade Act program, including job search, job readiness, occupational skills training, and education activities for at least 80 hours per month.
- Participate in a combination of work or qualifying work programs for at least 80 hours per month.
Proof is not required for the following work requirements because they are tracked by HRA:
- Participate in a work activity approved by HRA for no more than 12 hours per month.
- Participate in an HRA-approved work or training program for at least 80 hours per month.
The work requirements listed above apply to each ABAWD in the SNAP household.
- Agency: Human Resources Administration
- Phone Number: (718) 557-1399
- Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
- Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Most languages are available through a staff person.