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Proposed Federal ABAWD Rule

On February 1st, 2019, the federal government proposed a new rule that would increase hunger and hardship by limiting access to SNAP/CalFresh for people with an ABAWD time-limit. 

Please help us to generate maximum comments against this proposal!

 

This proposed rule would undermine the state's ability to waive the harsh rule on Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents, requiring almost every county in California to enforce the 3-month time limits (the "ABAWD rule") on nutrition assistance for adults who are working less than 20 hours each week, no matter how hard they are looking for a job. This new rule would take food assistance away from an estimated 755,000 Americans that are struggling to find work, and would cut SNAP/CalFresh benefits by $15 billion dollars over 10 years. The proposal also subverts Congressional intent in the 2018 Farm Bill, as Congress just debated and rejected such proposals on a bipartisan basis. 

 

ABAWD Outreach Toolkit 

Beginning September 1, 2018, the ABAWD time limit will apply in the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. People to whom the ABAWD time limit applies to, are only eligible for benefits for three full months out of a 36-month period unless they are exempt or meet the work requirement. The ABAWD Outreach Toolkit is intended to help CalFresh outreach workers in assisting people with an ABAWD time limit maintain their CalFresh.

Below are links the first three pieces of the ABAWD toolkit. We’re putting the final touches on the remaining documents, and they will be available for download soon. Stay tuned!

 

  1. ABAWD Outreach Handbook
  2. Talking Points
  3. Client FAQs
  4. Time Limit Flowchart
  5. Verifications for ABAWD Rules
  6. Intake Screener
  7. Client Applications Receipt
  8. In-person Training Materials

ABAWD Waiver Request for September 2019-August 2020

Webinars:

ABAWD Time Limit

June 21, 2018

Speakers:

Jared Call, California Food Policy Advocates

Jessica Bartholow, Western Center for Law and Poverty

Edith Martinez, California Association of Food Banks

Download slides here.

 

ABAWDs (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) 101
June 3, 2016
Speakers:

 

Download presentation slides here.

 

In-Person Training Materials

Training materials for implementing counties

 

  1. Trainer Agenda (doc)
  2. Agenda (doc)
  3. Slides (ppt)
  4. ABAWD 101 answers (doc)
  5. Words Matter activity phrases (doc)
  6. Creative Teach in Handout - 11" x 17" (doc)
  7. Creative Teach in Handout answer key - 11" x 17" (doc)
  8. Model Scenario (doc)
  9. Training Scenarios (doc)
  10. ABAWD game cards (doc) (pdf)
  11. ABAWD game answer key (doc)
  12. Evaluation (doc)

Training materials for non-implementing counties

 

  1. Trainer Agenda (doc)
  2. Agenda (doc)
  3. Slides (ppt)
  4. ABAWD 101 answers (doc)
  5. Words Matter activity phrases (doc)
  6. Creative Teach in Handout - 11" x 17" (doc)
  7. Creative Teach in Handout answer key - 11" x 17" (doc)
  8. Model Scenario (doc)
  9. Training Scenarios (doc)
  10. ABAWD game cards (doc) (pdf)
  11. ABAWD game answer key (doc)
  12. Evaluation (doc)