UPDATE (10/20/2020): On October 18th, a federal judge in the District of Columbia struck down the ABAWD rule. You can read a joint statement by the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the Impact Fund, and Pillsbury here.
UPDATE (7/21/2020): On July 15th, FNS approved California’s statewide ABAWD time-limit waiver request. This means that no county in California will have to implement the ABAWD time-limit rule until June 30th, 2020, or until the date at which the new waiver standards become effective under the new Final Rule. CDSS also published guidance and further details on August 20, 2020.
UPDATE (3/18/2020): Today, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), was signed into law. The legislation grants the USDA and states with temporary authority to adapt SNAP to address increased demand for nutrition assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work requirements for SNAP are temporarily suspended, we are anticipating further guidance on waivers and flexibilities.
UPDATE (3/13/2020): Today, Washington DC-based federal judge Beryl Howell ruled to block the ABAWD rule from going into effect nationwide on April 1.
UPDATE (1/16/2020): Today, 14 states including California filed suit against the federal administration (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as the City of New York and the District of Columbia).
UPDATE (12/4/2019): Today, the federal government published a final rule enacting significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The rule is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2020.
BACKGROUND: This rule will 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.
Currently, 6 counties in California (San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa) are implementing ABAWD rules. 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.
Webinar: ABAWD Time Limit
June 21, 2018 (download presentation slides here)
Webinar: ABAWDs (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) 101
June 3, 2016 (download presentation slides here)
2019 Training materials for implementing counties:
2018 Training materials for implementing counties:
2018 Training materials for non-implementing counties:
ABAWD background materials:
Tools for advocacy:
Resources from Contra Costa County:
Resources from Alameda County:
Resources from Santa Clara County:
Resources from San Francisco County: