State to Exempt Homeless from SNAP Requirements

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Homeless people in West Virginia will not have to find work or training to receive food-stamp benefits, the state Department of Health and Human Resources has decided. Read

The state plans to exempt homeless people by October from a requirement in nine West Virginia counties stating a person must work or train 20 hours per week, or lose food stamps after three months, said Allison Adler, a spokeswoman for DHHR.

"This issue has been discussed with the USDA and the homeless population is expected to be exempted from the changes in SNAP for Able Bodied Adults without Dependents," Adler wrote in an email to the Gazette-Mail.

The DHHR announced late last year it would reinstate a federal requirement that recipients of the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program meet a monthly work or training requirement of 20 hours per week, or lose benefits after three months.


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