PM 03-25-02-a: ABAWD Time Limit Clock

WAG 03-25-02-a

revised manual text Effective 07/01/2021, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver approval allows Illinois to continue to exempt the entire State from the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy in this section through 06/30/2022 based on the authorization of extended unemployment benefits to Illinois residents. For more information about the State's operation under COVID-19 see WAG 25-06-07-p.

revised manual text The SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited benefits policy below is NOT in effect for any county in the State through 06/30/2022.

ABAWD Time-Limit Clock

The SNAP Work Requirement applies to all initial applications, REDEs and active cases of customers residing in nonwaived counties of the State AND at their Office of Choice who are able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) (PM 03-25-01). The 36- month period begins for individuals who are:

  • eligible for SNAP; and
  • determined to be an ABAWD (PM 03-25-01); and
  • are not meeting the Work Requirement.

The 36-month period is a 3-year fixed period that began revised manual text January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2023.  The 36-month clock starts when a nonexempt individual is issued their first regular month of SNAP benefits.  A SNAP application prorated benefit month does not count towards the 3 months. The 3 benefit months do not have to be consecutive. The 36-month clock does not tick if proof of an exemption is submitted.

new manual text See WAG 25-06-07-p  for the State's operation under COVID - 19.