ESAP Eligibility Criteria:
- All adult (18 years or older) household members must be determined elderly (60 years or older) or with a disability, per SNAP regulations and
- No household members can be employed (i.e., receive countable earned income).
SNAP Definition of a Disability:
An individual who meets one or more of the following:
- Receives disability or blindness benefits from any of these programs: Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or SSI-related Medicaid.
- Receives a federally or state administered SSI supplement based on disability or blindness, or section 212(a) of PL 93-66.
- Receives a disability retirement benefit from a government agency for a disability considered permanent by SSA.
- Is a veteran the VA considers totally disabled or permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance.
- Is a veteran’s surviving spouse who the VA considers:
- in need of regular aid and attendance,
- permanently housebound, or
- approved for benefits because of the veteran’s death and has a disability considered permanent by SSA.
- Is a veteran’s surviving child who the VA considers:
- incapable of self-support, or
- approved for benefits because of the veteran’s death and has a disability considered permanent by SSA
- receives interim assistance benefits pending the receipt of Supplemental Security Income, receives disability related medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act, or receives disability-based State general assistance (SAGA) benefits provided that the eligibility to receive any of these benefits is based upon disability or blindness criteria established by the State agency which are at least as stringent as those used under title XVI of the Social Security Act.
Note: Children may be present in the household, however the presence of a disabled child(ren) in the household alone will not make a household ESAP-eligible.