I just pay $400.00 each month to my room mate. Got a letter saying I was denied food stamp because 0 rent

Q) I have been getting snap benefits. I didn’t get my 6 month paperwork in the mail so they didn’t re-up me. I had to go in a fill out the paperwork. I don’t pay a certain amount on each bill. I just pay $400.00 each month to my room mate. I put that on the paperwork. Well, I got a letter saying I was denied because 0 rent…0 utilities…0 everything. What can I do? I am in dire need. Please help.

A) You do need a document saying that you pay the $400.00 each month to your room mate for rent. You may need to ask your roommate to create a lease document showing that you do pay rent.

House hold Income for Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits.

Households have to meet income tests unless all members are receiving TANF, SSI, or in some places general assistance. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Households, except those noted, that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get SNAP benefits.

(Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017)


Household Size Gross monthly income 

(130 percent of poverty)

Net monthly income 

(100 percent of poverty)

1 $1,287 $ 990
2 1,736 1,335
3 2,184 1,680
4 2,633 2,025
5 3,081 2,370
6 3,530 2,715
7 3,980 3,061
8 4,430 3,408
Each additional member +451 +347

Gross income means a household’s total, non excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

* SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

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