If you are disabled or a senior aged 60 or older, you may benefit from special rules including:
- More of your shelter costs can be deducted in the SNAP math. See What is the shelter deduction and how is it calculated?
- You can claim out-of-pocket medical expenses as a deduction to boost your SNAP benefits. See What medical expenses can I claim if I am elderly or disabled?
- You might still qualify for some SNAP benefits even if your gross income exceeds the 200% gross income test. However, you must also meet the $3,500 asset test. See When do assets count?
- You may be able to waive the five-year waiting period for immigrant adults who are LPRs, parolees or battered. See If I am a disabled immigrant, do I need to wait 5 years?
- You may be eligible to apply as a separate SNAP household even if you live with others who buy and prepare food for you. See Can I get benefits separately from the people I live with?
- You may benefit from special certification rules that mean you get SNAP for longer and do not need to complete Interim Reports. See What is the Elder/Disabled Simplified Application Project (EDSAP)?
- You can also use the DTA Senior Assistance Office for help. See What is the Senior Assistance Office?