SNAP Benefits

Location:

Erie County Work Center

158 Pearl Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

 

Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

How do I apply for SNAP Benefits?

To apply for SNAP Benefits, you must complete and submit an application. Application packets may be requested by phone by calling [716] 858-8000, by clicking on the link below, or requested in person at our office located at the:

Erie County Department of Social Services
158 Pearl Street 1st floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Forms:

 

Changes to SNAP, effective Nov. 1, 2013

Monthly SNAP benefits for clients have decreased. This is because the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 - which had increased benefits as part of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) - expired Friday, November 1. The TFP amounts and SNAP benefit calculations will be affected by this change. The maximum reduction to the monthly SNAP benefit, according to household size, is outlined in the following chart:

 

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Maximum Reduction to Monthly SNAP Benefit Due to the Federal ARRA TFP Decrease

$11

$20

$29

$36

$43

$52

$57

$65

Note:  For households of more than eight (8) people, add $8.00 to the amount of the reduction for each additional household member.

Some household exceptions to these reduction amounts include:

One- and two-person households whose October 2013 monthly SNAP benefit is the current minimum benefit for such households ($16); these households will have their benefit reduced to the new minimum benefit of $15.

The following figures indicate the maximum SNAP allotments an applicant can receive. Depending on income and circumstances, the amount an applicant can receive may be less than the amounts shown.

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Maximum Allotment

$200

$367

$526

$668

$793

$952

$1,052

$1,202

Note:  For households of more than eight (8) people, add $150 to the amount of the reduction for each additional household member.

Fair Hearings and Work Experience Implications

Federal regulations dictate that there is no right to fair hearings to dispute the reduction to benefits resulting from the TFP reduction.

A reduction in SNAP benefits may also result in a reduction in the number of hours that an individual may be assigned to participate in work experience. The maximum number of hours an individual can be assigned to work experience is limited to the sum of the household’s public assistance benefit plus SNAP benefits divided by the higher of the federal or state minimum wage. Additionally, an individual is never required to participate in work experience or other work activities for more than 40 hours per week.

Districts must review cases with individuals who have been assigned to work experience and use the reduced SNAP benefits effective Nov. 1, 2013, to determine the maximum hours that a PA or SNAP recipient may be assigned to work experience.

The ARRA expiration will not affect the following areas: Federal Poverty Level amounts, the Standard Utility Allowances, SNAP Standard Deductions, the Homeless Shelter Deduction or Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction.