PM 03-25-02: Eligibility Limits

WAG 03-25-02

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

Eligibility Limits

  • A person who is required to comply with Work Requirement is limited to 3 months of SNAP benefits in a 36-month period, if the Work Requirement is not met. 
  • The new 36- month period is a fixed time period that begins 01/01/21 and ends 12/31/23 at which time the next 3-year fixed time period begins.
  • A SNAP application prorated benefit month does not count toward the 3 months.

Maintaining Eligibility

  • In order to continue ongoing eligibility for SNAP, the individual must meet the Work Requirement monthly so that a month is not counted as unmet and eligibility is lost.
  • If the individual is exempt for the month, the month is not considered as a countable month. The three countable months can be any month during the 36- month period. The time-limited benefit months do not have to be consecutive.
  • Only the individual(s) who is not meeting the Work Requirement is ineligible for benefits.

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