If you find yourself scrounging up enough money to try and feed your family, or do not have the money at all. It may be time to think about applying for the food stamps in Nevada or apply for SNAP benefits.
Here’s everything you will need to know before you apply when you apply and after you apply for food stamps and SNAP benefits.
SNAP Benefits/ Nevada Food Stamps
SNAP is short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The SNAP program will provide you with a monthly amount of money that will help you purchase food for you and your family. This government benefit will be deposited onto your EBT (or what many people call their food stamp) card. This EBT card works just like your normal debit card. The SNAP program is managed by the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services.
To eligible to get SNAP benefits, you must fit these following criteria:
- Have a few assets and low-income
- Be a citizen or be a qualified alien
- Have a Social Security card?
- Looking for work or already working
Note: You will want to keep in mind that you will in no way be in trouble if you apply for benefits and are not eligible. If you fill out your application truthfully. However, you can always visit the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services to take the pre-screen eligibility test, to see if you will be eligible prior to submit your application.
In order to get your SNAP benefits, you will be required to be either a qualified alien or a United States citizen. A qualified alien, in short, is someone that is in the United States that have appropriate documentation. Even if some of the members that live in your household are not qualified aliens or citizens, you can still be eligible for these SNAP benefits. But the SNAP benefits may be a lesser amount than they would if everyone was either a citizen or a qualified alien. Essentially, all non-qualifying aliens will not be included in your number of people in your household when the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services determines your SNAP benefits.
You will be required to supply all Social Security numbers for all members in the household that will be receiving these SNAP benefits.
Just like mentioned above all adults within the household must either be working, or they must be actively looking for work. If you are either going to school or you are disabled, you may be eligible to get out of these work requirements.
If you are single, you may still apply for these SNAP benefits. However, you will need to fit within these following criteria as stated by the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services:
- Must be between 18 to 59 years of age
- Must work a minimum of 20 hours a week.
SNAP Benefits Income Restrictions
When it comes to the income eligibility for the SNAP benefits, the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services has some very complicated rules. Today, we are going to break down these complicated rules and simplify them for you, but for starters, everyone will be required to be low-income to ultimately qualify for these SNAP benefits. However, the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services can define a single person or even a group of people who ends up purchasing and preparing their food together.
You will need to keep in mind that the SNAP benefits are only for those people with little to no money who need help buying food. In some households, they will be eligible as Categorically Eligible due to someone within the household also gets TANF benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or county general assistance. However, for the rest of the people, there will be income restrictions enforced. These income limits are listed below.
|Size of Household||130% above Poverty, Maximum Gross||100% of Poverty, Maximum Net||Maximum Allotment|
As you can see from the table above, they have a maximum gross income. This maximum gross income will always be applied to each household that does not get put under the Categorically Eligible, disabled household, or 60 or older household.
You will need to keep in mind that the maximum gross income is going to be your income prior to taxes and even your SNAP deductions being taken out. If by chance your maximum gross income succeeds what is listed on the table above, you will NOT be eligible for SNAP benefits.
Now the maximum net income will start off with your maximum gross income. This is where your taxes and a few specific other expenses will be deducted from your maximum gross income to figure out if you will be eligible for SNAP benefits or not. The following items can be deducted from your income:
- A standard deduction of $144 up to $197 dependent on how many people are in your household.
- If you are currently working, 20-percent of your gross monthly income.
- A deduction for your childcare, so you can work or attend school.
- A deduction up to $446 in shelter fees. This can include your mortgage or rent payments. Also, up to $274 for utilities along with $11 for your phone.
- Court-ordered child support payments.
- People over the age of 60 years old who are receiving Supplement Security or Social Security Disability can deduct up to $35 a month.
After you deduct these above things from what your monthly gross income, you will be left with what your maximum net income is for your household. This will allow you to get an estimate of your maximum net income without too much effort. If your maximum net income is equal to or even less than what it is listed in the table above, you will typically be able to get SNAP benefits.
Alongside your low-income, you will also be required to have little to no assets. You will need to keep in mind that these assets will not include your vehicles, home, jewelry, clothing, or anything that is necessary for your household. However, your assets that will be included will be your land, cash, your second car (must be worth more than $4,650), bonds, and stocks. You will not be permitted to have over $2,000 in assets.
How to Apply for Food Stamps
If you want to apply for Food stamps/ SNAP Benefits, you will need to fill out the application provided and bring it down to your local welfare office. You will have the option of downloading and printing the application right from the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services. If by chance, you do not own a printer or do not have access to one, you can always have the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services mail you the forms as well.
Once you fill out the application, you will have the option to either mail, fax, or drop off the forms to your local welfare office. However, if you live on the Nevada Indian Reservation or Colony, you will need to go to the local Tribal Social Service Office or the Health Clinics, for more information on your application.
Once the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services receives your application, they will contact you to schedule an interview. This interview will go over all your documentation on your application. Those who are elderly or disabled will be required to have this in-person interview, instead, they have an interview over the phone. You will need to bring the following documentation to the interview:
- Your Nevada state driver’s license
- Your Social Security cards
- Your proof of income
- Your proof of child care expenses
- Your proof of child support payments
- Your bank statements
- Proof of your utilities and rent payments
- Proof of non-reimbursed medical expenses
About seven business days after your interview, you will receive a letter stating whether you will be getting SNAP benefits. However, if you do not hear from the Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services within that time frame, you will want to contact them to see if they need any additional information from you.