The Recovery Act invested millions in new projects that are improving our infrastructue, repairing homes, and much more. But it also provided millions in direct benefits for families, students, businesses, investors, and more including more than $288 million in various forms of tax relief. Guidance on how to access each of those benefits is below.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
[Formerly known as Food Stamps]
Recovery Act Provisions:
- Increases maximum benefit by 13.6 percent, with the federal government taking on the additional costs
- $22 million for Texas to improve enrollment processes
- Temporarily removes limitations on jobless able-bodied adults without dependents, who can now receive SNAP benefits as long as they participate in certain training or educational programs
To apply for benefits, take the following steps:
1) Determine your eligibility
Applicants must meet certain asset and income requirements, though some modifications do apply. To check your eligibility for SNAP and other public benefits, visit this site run by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.
2) Gather necessary materials
If you qualify for SNAP, you will need to gather the following materials before filling out the application:
- Household income from a job, child support, and other income
- Social Security Numbers and birth dates of household members
- Current or recent health insurance information
- Current car insurance information
- Housing and utility expense information
- Resource information, such as bank accounts, vehicles, homes, property, life insurance, etc.
3) Register and apply online or with a paper application
To apply online, start by creating an account here. Then, log in and click â€œApply For Benefitsâ€ on the left hand side of the page, using the materials you previously gathered to answer the application questions.
Applications can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1 and requesting a paper application that can be filled out and returned by mail or fax.
4) Complete the follow-up process
Applicants will have their applications processed and will be assigned a caseworker, with whom they must interview. You can estimate the amount of benefits you will receive if approved by going to this site.
SNAP recipients must resubmit their applications to renew their benefits every six months.