**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. For your convenience, secure drop-boxes are located outside each Field Office. Locations at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices.

**Field Offices and our telephone Benefits Center are closed on Wednesdays to allow us time to process the paperwork you submitted to us. On Wednesdays, customers can check document status and get benefit information by calling our Client Information Line at 1-855-6-CONNECT. You can apply for benefits, obtain DSS forms and view information about your DSS benefits at www.connect.ct.gov

**Due to pandemic safety guidelines, in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination are not currently available at Field Offices. All visitors must wear masks and observe safe social distancing. 

**24/7 access: Customers can access benefit and application information, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Information and updates about child support are available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport.  Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covidfor DSS-specific updates.

**Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

Eligibility

Income Limits

To receive SNAP benefits in Connecticut, household income and other resources have to be under certain limits and are reviewed. For some households, there is also an asset limit.

The income standards for SNAP are based the federal poverty levels (FPL). All income standards listed in the following table below are monthly figures. There are gross and net income limits.  The  gross income limit is equal to 185% of the current Federal Poverty Level and is the amount of income the household has before taxes and deductions. The gross income limit applies to most households. The gross income limit does not apply to households in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income. However, all households are subject to a monthly  net income limit. The net income limit is equal to the current Federal Poverty Level and is the amount left over after certain deductions are allowed. These deductions are established by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Details can be found on their website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/SNAP/ Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window.

Effective October 1, 2020, the gross monthly income limits and net monthly income limits are as listed below.

Monthly Income Limits

Household Size

Gross Income Limit

(applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income)

Net Income Limit

(applies to ALL households)

1

$1,968

$1,064

2

$2,658

$1,437

3

$3,349

$1,810

4

$4,040

$2,184

 5 $4,730  $2,557 

Asset Limits

There is no asset limit EXCEPT for households whose gross income is more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. For those households, total assets including cash, savings accounts, stocks and bonds cannot be more than $3500. We do not include the home the client lives in as an asset, nor do we put a lien on the home.  We also do not count vehicles or retirement accounts, such as IRAs. Again, these asset limits only apply to households whose gross income is more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. 

A "household" is all the people who live together and buy and prepare food together. Once a household meets the eligibility requirements, we calculate the amount of the household’s SNAP benefit based on the household’s income and certain allowable deductions for shelter, dependent care expenses, medical costs and child support payments to others outside the household.  Shelter costs are rent and mortgage payments, heating or cooling not included in rent, and utility and monthly telephone services charges. 

SNAP Benefit Amounts

As of October 1, 2020, the maximum SNAP benefit amounts are listed in the table below. The maximum benefit amounts are effective indefinitely. 

For a household of: The maximum SNAP benefit is:

1

$204 monthly
2 $374 monthly
3 $535 monthly
4 $680 monthly
5 $807 monthly

For more information about income limits and benefit amounts for households of 5 or more, or for any other information about SNAP, please call [800] 842-1508.

 

To find out if you may be eligible for SNAP based on income, follow this link: DSS ConneCT Pre-Screener

Once you receive SNAP benefits in Connecticut, there are certain things you must report. Watch the short video below to find out more!