Illinois Food Stamp Income Qualification

To qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, in Illinois, your income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. The income limit varies depending on the size of your household. Here are the income limits for the state of Illinois as of 2021:

  • 1 person: $1,383 per month, or $16,596 per year
  • 2 people: $1,868 per month, or $22,412 per year
  • 3 people: $2,353 per month, or $28,229 per year
  • 4 people: $2,839 per month, or $34,045 per year
  • 5 people: $3,324 per month, or $39,862 per year
  • 6 people: $3,809 per month, or $45,678 per year
  • 7 people: $4,295 per month, or $51,495 per year
  • 8 people: $4,780 per month, or $57,311 per year

For each additional person in the household, add $486 per month or $5,816 per year to the income limit.

Note that these are gross income limits, meaning the total income before any deductions or taxes are taken out. Certain expenses and deductions, such as housing and childcare costs, may be considered in determining your eligibility.

It’s important to note that income is not the only factor considered when determining eligibility for SNAP. Other factors such as citizenship status, work requirements, and household size are also taken into account.

Illinois Food Stamp Income Qualification limits will vary according to your household size. Most SNAP rules apply to all households, but there are a few special rules for households that contain an elderly or disabled member. (A person is elderly if he or she is 60 years of age or older. A household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet only the net income qualification.

You can See table below for both the net and gross income limit requirements according to household size in Illinois. Your house hold income includes wages, salaries, commissions, social security benefits, SSI, veteran’s benefits, child support, contributions, unemployment compensation, etc.Your Illinois households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled.  However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly AFDC), and most retirement (pension) plans.

Illinois Food Stamp Income Qualification

Illinois Food Stamp Online Application

Illinois Food Stamp Application Form

Illinois Food Stamp Allotment

For further information, contact your local Illinois Food Stamp (SNAP) or State office Or call Illinois State’s SNAP Hotline at 1-800-843-6154 – TTY 1-800-447-6404

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