MR #15.20: Change in SNAP Utility Standards and Income and Deduction Standards October 2015

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09/17/15

Summary

This manual release contains policy changes to the SNAP Utility Standards and the Gross/Net Income Standards and Deductions effective October 2015. 

  • As a result of our annual review of the SNAP utility standards, the amounts are reduced as follows: 
    • Air Conditioning/Heating Standard $364
    • Limited Utility Standard $258
    • Single Utility Standard $58
    • Telephone Standard $27
  • System changes are effective October 2015 and were completed in ACM, IES and IPACS on 09/15/15.  Active cases will be updated effective for 10/01/15.
  • Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Standards, the Standard Deductions, and the Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction ($504), effective 10/01/15. 
  • The SNAP allotments, including the Basis of Issuance Table and the minimum monthly benefit amount for 1-2 person households remain unchanged. 
  • The SNAP 200% FPL Gross Income Standard is increased for categorically eligible qualifying member households.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/1/15.
  • System changes to the ABE and Web SNAP calculators and the expedited questions in IES and ABE are effective 10/01/15.
  • The Program Standards Chart WAG 25-03-02(pdf) is revised with the new standard amounts.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program brochure (DHS 124) is revised.
  • Various references to the Automated Intake System (AIS) have been removed.

  1. SNAP Utility Standards
    1. Increase in SNAP Standards
    2. System Changes
    3. Maximum Monthly Income Eligibility Standards
    4. Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards- Elderly Disabled as Separate Unit
    5. Standard Deductions
    6. Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction
  2. Form Revision
  3. MANUAL REVISIONS
  4. Forms referenced:

SNAP Utility Standards

As a result of our annual review the SNAP utility standards are reduced.  Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved the following changes to be implemented effective 10/01/15.

  • Air Conditioning/Heating Standard $364
  • Limited Utility Standard increased $258
  • Single Utility Standard increased $58
  • The Telephone Standard is increased $27

Increase in SNAP Standards

Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Standard and the Standard Deduction amounts. The Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction is increased to $504. In addition to these changes, we are revising the 200% FPL Maximum Gross Income Standards used to determine SNAP categorical eligibility for qualifying member units.

System Changes 

  • System changes are effective October 2015 and were completed in ACM, IES and IPACS on 09/15/15.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/01/15.
  • System changes to the ABE/WEB SNAP Calculators and the expedited questions in ABE/IES are effective 10/01/15.

Maximum Monthly Income Eligibility Standards

SNAP Unit Size

Maximum Gross Income

Standards 130% FPL

Maximum Gross Income

Standards 200% FPL

Maximum Net Income

 Standards

1 Person $1,276 $1,962 $981
2 Persons   1,726   2,655  1,328
3 Persons   2,177   3,348  1,675
4 Persons   2,628   4,042  2,021
5 Persons   3,078   4,735  2,368
6 Persons   3,529   5,428  2,715
7 Persons   3,980   6,122  3,061
8 Persons   4,430   6,815  3,408
9 Persons   4,881   7,508  3,755
10 Persons   5,322   8,201  4,102

Each Add'l

Member

+451   +693   +347

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards- Elderly Disabled as Separate Unit

SNAP Unit Size Gross Income Standard
1 Person $1,619
2 Persons   2,191
3 Persons   2,763
4 Persons   3,335
5 Persons   3,907
6 Persons   4,479
7 Persons   5,051
8 Persons   5,623
9 Persons   6,195
10 Persons   6,767
Each Add'l Member + 572

Standard Deductions

SNAP Unit Size Standard Deduction Amount
1-3 Persons $148
4 Persons   161
5 Persons   190
6+ Persons   219

Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction

The maximum excess shelter deduction is increased to $504.

Form Revision

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Brochure (DHS 124) is revised.

MANUAL REVISIONS

[signed copy on file]

James T. Dimas

Secretary-designate, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

Form 124