SNAP/Food Stamps 2024 Income Limit and Eligibility Alabama

Income limit plays an important role and is one of the deciding factors to find out the household’s eligibility for the SNAP program. In Alabama, the total SNAP benefits amount is also calculated based on the Household income.

In this article, we are sharing the Alabama state-specific information about the Income criteria. To calculate the income criteria, we can divide the income limit into two parts.

  1. General Income Limit criteria.
  2. State-specific Income Limit criteria.

1-General Income Limit criteria:

We have already shared the complete detailed information about the general SNAP Income Limit 2024 information. Please check all the general income limit-related information including net income limit, gross income limit, deductions, etc.

In short…

Alabama SNAP Income Limits (Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024):

  • The Gross Income Limit in Alabama is 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • The Net Income Limit in Alabama is 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • The Gross Income Limit in Alabama for elderly (60+ or older) and/or disabled is 165% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

2-State-specific Income Limit criteria:

Let’s check out the Alabama-specific income-related criteria which include the shelter costs of households in Alabama, total deductions, and other specific information. We will also share how to calculate the shelter deduction and total SNAP benefits a household will receive.

Alabama SNAP Income Limit 2024

Several changes have been made to the SNAP Income Criteria including the utility allowances and shelter deductions for the Financial year 2024. USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) shares cost of living information every year. We can easily calculate the shelter deduction as per the cost of living information.

The SNAP Standard Utility Allowances (SUA) that USDA shares every year before October 1st are used to calculate the shelter deduction that Alabama citizens can claim to receive more SNAP benefits. Later we can also calculate the SNAP amount Alamaba citizens will get.

Alabama SNAP Income limit 2024

Deductions and Allowances – Alabama State

The most important point here is how we can calculate the total deductions. Calculating the deductions for Alabama households is not that simple and takes time and up-to-date information about each type of expense a household makes in a year.

We are sharing the information about different types of deductions below. As per the calculation, citizens can claim the deduction amount for SNAP.

1-A 20 percent deduction of all gross earned income is allowed.

2-Standard Deductions:

Allowed standard deductions are given below which is $198 for a family of 1 to 3 members, $208 for a family of 4, $244 for a family of 5, and $279 for a family of 6 or more members.

3-Maximum Shelter Deductions:

The maximum allowed Shelter Deductions for Alabama is $672 which was $624 last year. If there is an elderly or disabled member in the household then all shelter costs may be deducted if the shelter costs are more than half of a family income.

4-Maximum Homeless Shelter Deductions:

The maximum allowed Homeless Shelter Deductions for Alabama is $179.66 which was $166.81 last year.

5-Maximum Asset Limits:

There is no asset limit in Alabama. Asset limit will be applicable if there is any 60 years or older or disabled person in the household who did not meet the Gross Income test we have shared above. In this case, the asset limit is $4250.

6-Standard Medical Deduction:

Elderly (60 years or older) or disabled persons can deduct the monthly medical costs after subtracting $35.

Standard medical deduction = medical expenses – $35.

Utility Allowances in Alabama State

Alabama Households can deduct the Utility allowance such as Heating and Cooling, Basic Utility, and Other utilities such as Electricity, Gas and Fuel, Water, Sewage, etc. Utility allowances vary state by state. If we talk about the Alabama state the the Utility Allowances are given below.

i-Heating and Cooling Utility Allowance (HCSUA): In Alabama state, $601 HCSUA can be claimed if the household pays for the heating and cooling utility bills and receives over $20 heating assistance from LIHEAP.

ii-Basic/ Limited Utility Allowance (BUA/LUA): Applicable for households that do not pay any heating or cooling expenses separate from their rent or mortgage. The LUA includes expenses for at least two allowable utility costs except heating/cooling costs. In Alabama state, $434 BUA/LUA can be claimed for at least two or more utility bills.

iii-A telephone-only allowance: Applicable for households that have no utility expenses other than telephone. In Alabama state, citizens can claim a $52 Telephone allowance.

iii-Other Utility Allowances: It include single utility allowances for Electricity, Gas and Fuel, Water, Sewage, Trash, Phone, etc other than the Heating/Cooling and Telephone allowance. Standard Utility Allowances for the Electricity, Gas and Fuel, Water, Sewage, and Trash is $0 in Alabama.

Note: Only one utility allowance can be received by a household. Households can choose the highest allowance in case eligible for multiple allowances.

How to Calculate the Shelter Deduction in Alabama State?

Use the below method to calculate the Shelter costs.

i-Shelter expenses = non-utility shelter costs (rent, mortgages) + standard utility allowance (SUA).

ii-Preliminary net income = Gross monthly income – [earned income deduction (including any child support paid out through court order) – standard deduction – any dependent care – allowable medical costs].

iii-Calculate half of the Preliminary net income.

Not your Shelter costs will be…

Excess shelter cost = Shelter expenses (i) – Half of the preliminary net income (iii).

An example to calculate the shelter Costs and Deduction:

My monthly earning is $1,400 through part-time work and I live with my wife and 2 children. I pay $600 rent per month and pay for utilities and heat.

I will calculate my shelter deduction as follows.

i-Shelter expenses = $600 (rent) + $601 (SUA) = $1,201. (Standard Utility Allowance is $601 for Alabama state)

ii-Preliminary net income = $1,400 Gross monthly income – $280 (earned deduction) – $208 (standard deduction) = $912

iii-Half of the Preliminary net income = $456.

My Excess shelter cost = $1,201 – $456 = $745.

My excess shelter cost of $745 is greater than $672 (capped amount) so I can deduct $672.

Finally, my net income will be calculated by subtracting the max shelter deduction from the preliminary net income. Which will be $912 – $672 = $240.

$240 is less than the $2,600 allowed for a 4-person household, I met the income test.

SNAP Benefit Calculation:

From the above calculations of my net income ($240), I can calculate how much SNAP benefits I will get each month.

SNAP benefits = Maximum SNAP allotment – 30 percent of net income.

In my case…

My SNAP benefit = $973 (Maximum for 4-member family) – $240×30/100 = $901. It means I will get $901 SNAP benefits per month.

By following the above calculations we have shared, citizens in Alabama can easily find out the approximate SNAP amount they will receive in their EBT card every month.

How Much SNAP Benefit Amount I Receive in Alabama State?

Please note there is a cap on the maximum amount Alabama households will receive. As per the COLA fiscal year (FY) 2024 (October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024), the Maximum Monthly Allotments in Alabama is $291 for 1 member, $535 for 2 member, $766 for 3 member, and $973 for 4 member family.

The minimum amount for all households is $23.

New SNAP Work Requirements in Alabama 2024

As per the CBPP report on the Debt Ceiling Agreement, SNAP Changes Would Increase Hunger and Poverty for Many Older Low-Income People, and around 13,000 SNAP recipients in Alabama aged 50-54 having no children and do not receive disability benefits will be at risk of losing their SNAP benefits.

As per the SNAP Work Requirements, participants must fulfill the General Work Requirements and ABAWD Work Requirement and Time Limit.

As per the General Work Requirements, people aged 16 – 59 will have to work for at least 30 hours a week in Alabama, and as per the ABAWD Work Requirement, people aged 18–52 will have to work for at least 80 hours a month. from October 1st, 2024, people aged 53-54 will also be included in the ABAWD work requirement.

How to Apply for SNAP in Alabama?

In Alabama, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program is known as the ‘Food Assistance Program‘, the EBT Card is known as the ‘Alabama EBT‘, and the SNAP portal name is ‘Alabama DHR‘.

Alabama government has made several arrangements for the citizens to submit their applications for the SNAP program.

There are different ways to submit SNAP applications such as…

  • If I want to apply for the SNAP program I can fill out the Alabama SNAP application form by visiting the DHR office of my county.
  • I can also download the Alabama SNAP Application form from the Department of Human Resource Alabama website, fill out this form, and visit any DHR office with all the relevant documents.
  • An online application facility is also available that I can access by visiting the Alabama DHR website. I can fill out the online form and submit it. I will have to register a new MyDHR account.

I can also visit the Connect EBT Alabama portal to log into my account, register a new account, or check my EBT card Balance.

Note: Effective April 1, 2024, citizens will not be able to apply for the Food Assistance program through the www.myalabama.gov portal. To submit your application and manage your account, please visit MyDHR.alabama.gov.

AESAP:

The Alabama government has started the Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project (AESAP) to help the elderly (60 years or older who have no earned income. It provides a simplified application to apply for the Food Stamp program. Download the AESAP Application, fill out the application form, and submit it to the local DHR office.

When will I get my Alabama SNAP benefits every month?

USDA releases the SNAP benefit issuance schedule for Alabama state every year along with the issuance schedule for other states. Please check out the SNAP EBT issuance date when the SNAP amount will be transferred into your EBT account.

In Alabama state, the SNAP benefits issuance date is based on the last two digits of the client’s case number. Benefits are transferred from the 4th to the 23rd of every month according to the below schedule…

  • Benefits are available on the 4th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 00-04.
  • Benefits are available on the 5th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 05-09.
  • Benefits are available on the 6th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 10-14.
  • Benefits are available on the 7th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 15-19.
  • Benefits are available on the 8th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 20-24.
  • Benefits are available on the 9th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 25-29.
  • Benefits are available on the 10th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 30-34.
  • Benefits are available on the 11th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 35-39.
  • Benefits are available on the 12th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 40-44.
  • Benefits are available on the 13th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 45-49.
  • Benefits are available on the 14th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 50-54.
  • Benefits are available on the 15th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 55-59.
  • Benefits are available on the 16th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 60-64.
  • Benefits are available on the 17th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 65-69.
  • Benefits are available on the 18th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 70-74.
  • Benefits are available on the 19th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 75-79.
  • Benefits are available on the 20th of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 80-84.
  • Benefits are available on the 21st of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 85-89.
  • Benefits are available on the 22nd of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 90-94.
  • Benefits are available on the 23rd of the month if the last two digits of the case number are 95-99.

Helpline

For further assistance or inquiry, please get help through the contact details below.

Alabama Food Assistance Information Line
Montgomery Area: (334) 242-0143
Outside Montgomery Area: (800) 382-0499

Food Assistance Division
Food Assistance Program – (833) 822-2202
Email: [email protected]

Alabama Department of Human Resources
Food Assistance Division
50 N. Ripley St.
P.O. Box 304000
Montgomery, AL 36130-4000

Customer service: 334-242-1700

Summary:

ParticularsSummary
Program nameFood Assistance Program
EBT cardAlabama EBT
Offline application formDownload here
EBT Websitewww.connectebt.com/alebtclient/
Administrative agencyDepartment of Human Resource Alabama
Article typeIncome Limit
ObjectiveTo find the Income eligibility of Alabama citizens for the SNAP program
BeneficiaryAll citizens residing in Alabama State
Who can apply for SNAP benefitsAll Alabama citizens fulfilling the eligibility and income limit criteria
Official SNAP websiteVisit here
Apply onlineVisit here
Local DHR Alabama officeSearch here
SNAP Phone number1-334-242-1700
EBT Phone number1-800-997-8888

Final Take

We have shared all the key information related to Alabama’s SNAP Income limit in this article. We have also shared how Alabama citizens can calculate the Earnings and Deductions and SNAP benefits amount they will receive. Now citizens can easily check their eligibility criteria for the Alabama SNAP benefit program with the help of the information we have shared above.

In short,

Alabama SNAP Income Limits (Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024):

Household sizeNet monthly income 2024 (100% of federal poverty level)Gross monthly income 2024 (130% of federal poverty level)Gross monthly income 2024 for elderly or disabled (165% of federal poverty level)
1$1,215$1,580$2,005
2$1,644$2,137$2,712
3$2,072$2,694$3,419
4$2,500$3,250$4,125
5$2,929$3,807$4,832
6$3,357$4,364$5,539
7$3,785$4,921$6,246
8$4,214$5,478$6,952
Each Additional Member$429$557$707

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References:

We are not affiliated with the Alabama government or any other government agency. All the information has been taken from USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Food Assistance Division Alabama, and other official government sources. We do not claim to be a government official or legal advisor. Please check government websites for authentic and updated information

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