Emergency SNAP Allotments Extend for October 2020 Due to COVID-19

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10/19/2020

Policy Memo

Summary

  • This policy memo provides an extension of Emergency SNAP Allotments for October 2020.
  • Due to guidance from Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, supplemental emergency SNAP allotments will be issued for October 2020 to SNAP households that are receiving less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size.
  • The supplemental emergency SNAP allotment is the difference of the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size minus the regular monthly benefit amount that the client receives in October 2020. A SNAP household that is already receiving the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size is not entitled to a supplement.
  • No additional action is needed by caseworkers to issue this benefit.
  • Active SNAP households whose regular monthly benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size in October2020 will receive a supplemental emergency SNAP allotment to bring them to the full maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size.
  • October 2020 emergency allotments will be made available to active SNAP households beginning 10/20/2020 through 10/28/2020.
  • If the SNAP household has an increase in household members during October, the household will be entitled to another supplement. This supplement will be issued either through certification or identified in the weekly process to receive an additional issuance. No additional action is needed from the worker for this scenario.
  • New applications received during October 2020 will also receive a supplemental emergency SNAP allotment, if their approved regular benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size even if the initial approval month is prorated.
  • SNAP applications processed during October 2020 will receive the emergency allotment through a weekly process that will identify eligible cases and create the supplemental issuance.
  • SNAP households will not be sent a client notice to inform them of the supplements.
  • Due to COVID-19, the Food and Nutrition Service is allowing SNAP households in Illinois to receive the full maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size for October 2020.
  • If a SNAP household applies and is approved to receive SNAP for October 2020, IES will issue a supplemental emergency SNAP allotment, if the regular benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size. The supplement will be issued along with the regular roll approved benefit amount.

Active SNAP Households

Active SNAP households whose regular monthly benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size in Novembert will receive a supplemental emergency SNAP allotment to bring them to the full maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size.

New Approvals

For approved SNAP EDGs, IES will centrally calculate the emergency SNAP supplements, if the approved regular benefit amount is less than the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for the household size, even if the initial approval month is prorated.

Additional Supplement Issuance

For October 2020, emergency allotments will be made available to active SNAP households beginning 10/20/2020 through 10/28/2020, as follows:

Regular Availability Date

Availability Date for Emergency

Allotments

10/01/2020

Cases starting with 1-4

10/20/2020

10/01/2020

Cases starting with 5-9

10/21/2020

10/02/2020

10/03/2020

10/22/2020
10/04/2020 10/23/2020

10/05/2020

10/06/2020

10/24/2020
10/07/2020 10/25/2020

10/08/2020

10/09/2020

10/26/2020
10/10/2020 10/27/2020

10/13/2020

10/17/2020

10/20/2020

10/28/2020
  • The HSC should continue entering case information in data collection as they would normally do. The HSC will see the customer's regular SNAP benefit amount.
  • The supplemental emergency SNAP allotment will be issued centrally and is the difference of the maximum monthly SNAP benefit amount for the household size minus the regular monthly benefit amount that the client receives in October 2020.

Example: Mr. A has a household of one and receives $37 per month in SNAP. Due to COVID-19, he will receive an additional supplement of $167 in October to equal the maximum monthly allotment of $204.

Overpayments and Sanctions

  • SNAP households with active recoupments will only receive an emergency allotment if the SNAP benefit amount plus the recoupment amount is less than the maximum allotment for the household size.
  • SNAP households in sanction status will only receive an emergency allotment up to the maximum allotment for the eligible household size.
  • Potential Overpayments will not be detected by IES for the month of October 2020. If a valid overpayment situation is discovered, a manual overpayment referral should be sent to DHS.BOC.Ovrpmt.Referral@Illinois.gov.
  • For questions regarding overpayments, contact the Bureau of Collections

Client Notice

A client notice will not be mailed to these households.

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

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