Rule changed for able-bodied adults availing of SNAP benefits

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Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services announces that the Food and Nutrition Service has disapproved a Guam Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) waiver application extension to remove the three-month benefits time limit within thirty-six months for the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs).

ABAWDs are individuals between the ages of 18 and 49, who have no dependents, and are not disabled.

Beginning October 01, 2019, in order to continue receiving benefits from the SNAP, (formerly, the Food Stamp Program), an ABAWD must do one of the following:

  • Work at least 20 hours per week or 80 hours a month
  • Participate in a work program such as the SNAP’s Guam Employment and Training Program (GETP) at least 80 hours a month or other educational or training activities or
  • Work at least 20 hours per week in any combination of working and participating in a work program

The three-month time limit does not apply to people who are:

  • Under the age of 18 or 50 years of age or over
  • Medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment
  • Responsible for a dependent child in their SNAP household
  • Residing in a household where a household member is under age 18
  • Pregnant
  • And those exempt from the SNAP Work Requirements.

Should you have any questions on the matter, please call Ms. Annie VT. Gozum-Soto, Program Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Security at 735-7257 or Mr. Danilo L. Barrido, Program Coordinator IV at 735-7258.