Carson City, NV - November 15, 2018
Low-income “able to work” Nevadans with no dependents who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will not be limited to three months of benefits in 2019 thanks to the extension of a waiver that was set to expire at the end of 2018.
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Whitley today announced that Nevada’s request to waive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents in 15 counties, 1 city, and 19 reservation areas was approved from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019.
Under regular SNAP program rules, recipients who are able to work must be working. The regular program rules allow recipients who are able to work but not currently working to receive assistance for up to three months. This waiver removes the three-month time limit for recipients living in all areas of Nevada except Washoe County.
“I am pleased that the US Department of Agriculture approved the waiver request submitted by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS),” Whitley said. “This waiver is critical to Nevada’s counties and reservations that continually demonstrate relatively high and sustained unemployment. The waiver also helps food banks, homeless shelters, health clinics and other non-profit community partners located in areas with high unemployment and with limited means to expand their services. These providers tend to experience a greater demand without the waivers as their clients lose benefits and are at greater need for services, given their deep poverty.”
The waiver was granted based on the affected areas having an unemployment rate 20 percent above the national average during the 24-month period preceding the application for the waiver in May of this year. Nevada is currently operating SNAP benefits under a similar waiver that covers the entire state, and that waiver is due to expire Dec. 31, 2018.
SNAP provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP serves approximately 438,000 recipients in Nevada. This includes low-income individuals and families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
“Improving food security among Nevada’s vulnerable populations is of utmost importance in achieving a safe, stable, and healthy citizenry,” said DWSS Administrator Steve Fisher. “By improving access to SNAP benefits and decreasing the time it takes for recipients to get approved and start using their benefits, DWSS is contributing to improved health outcomes for low-income Nevadans.”
For more information about SNAP and other assistance programs that help Nevadans achieve safe, stable, and healthy lives, visit the Division of Welfare and Supportive Programs website at: https://dwss.nv.gov.