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 TradeAct 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.