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How do I apply for SNAP in Philadelphia Pennsylvania?
SNAP is the current name for the nutritional assistance program known as the: Food Stamp Program. The federal government started the Food Stamp Program more than 30 years ago to fight hunger. Now called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the program helps low-income people buy groceries. That helps them pay for other needs, like rent, heat or childcare. These programs are always free.
People used to get paper stamps to buy food. Today, they use an Electrical Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card. In Pennsylvania, this is called an ACCESS Card. It works like a debit card and can be used at most grocery stores, farmers’ markets and corner stores.
Housing authorities and Human resource offices are government funded entities but do not work together. One must consult their PHA if they want to complete a low income housing application.
How do I apply for SNAP?
It depends on a person’s income, expenses and household size. Income includes job wages, public assistance, unemployment compensation, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), retirement benefits, pensions, veteran’s benefits and child support. Expenses include rent or mortgage, utility bills, property taxes, shelter costs and childcare.
Can someone who owns a home or a car get SNAP?
Yes. As long as they meet the income limits. People can apply for SNAP, even if:
They own a home or car.
They have a bank account.
They are homeless.
They are immigrants.
They have a criminal record.
What is EBT?
Pennsylvania uses Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) to deliver food stamp benefits. For every month you are eligible, your benefits are automatically deposited into your EBT account. You receive a plastic card with a magnetic strip and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your EBT account at authorized food outlets. The cost of the food stamp items you purchase will be subtracted from the amount in your food stamp EBT account. Once your transaction is completed you will receive a receipt that shows the amount of your food stamp purchase and the amount of food stamp benefits remaining.
Can I apply for Section 8 and SNAP at the same time?
No. These are different programs that are run separately. You can only apply for section 8 at your local housing authority when applications are being accepted.
Most low-income households are eligible to apply for SNAP in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Households that are not eligible for other public benefits may be eligible for food stamps. The income limit for this program is nearly twice as high as the income limit for cash assistance. Even people who are homeless or live in a temporary shelter may be eligible. You do not need a permanent address or cooking facilities. However, in many cases, college students and persons who are on strike are not eligible. People that are on Section 8 can still apply for SNAP.
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