Q) Hi i moved on the 22nd but my rental agreement says the 3rd of march and i cant change my bills over till i pay bills my rent now is 215 dollars will my food stamps go up
A) Your food stamp benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) are calculated based on several factors, including your income, household size, and expenses such as rent. If you have moved to a new residence and your rent has decreased, it is possible that your SNAP benefits may increase. However, the exact amount of your benefits will depend on your individual circumstances and the specific policies in your state.
To update your information and request a recalculation of your SNAP benefits, you should contact your local SNAP office. You can find the contact information for your state’s SNAP office on the USDA’s website or by calling the national SNAP hotline at 1-800-221-5689.
When you contact the SNAP office, be prepared to provide your new address, your new rent amount, and any other updated information that may affect your eligibility and benefit amount. The SNAP office may require you to provide documentation, such as a lease or rental agreement, to verify your new rent amount.
Once your information has been updated, the SNAP office will recalculate your benefits and notify you of any changes to your benefit amount. Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks for the updated benefits to go into effect, so it’s important to plan accordingly.
When SNAP decides the amount of your benefit, they consider the size of your household, your income, and some of your expenses. They take expenses like housing, child care, and medical expenses (for elderly and disabled people) into account when they look at your income by giving you a credit for certain, necessary expenses.
They subtract these credits, called “deductions,” from your income, so your “countable income” is lower. Once they have calculated your countable income, they compare it to your household size to determine your monthly SNAP benefit. Generally, the lower your countable income, the higher your benefit will be. Source: http://www.lsnjlaw.org/Government-Aid-Services/Food-Hunger-Nutrition/Food-Stamps/Pages/SNAP-Benefits-Utility.aspx#.WpWHdOinG00
Please consult your SNAP agency and inform them that your housing expense has gone up.