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If you don't have a child under age 18 on your SNAP case, you may only be able to get SNAP benefits for three months in a three-year period. If you have an exemption or meet work requirements, you can get SNAP benefits for more than three months.
The maximum age for people required to meet SNAP work requirements is increasing.
If you get a letter in the mail that says you have an "ABAWD status," contact ODHS as soon as possible. You need to take action.
Staff will talk with you about your case, see if you are
exempt from the work requirements and talk about next steps. They may refer you to the Oregon Employment Department so you can make a plan to meet your work requirements through the
We want to help you keep your food benefits. Please contact us if you get a letter.
"ABAWD" stands for able-bodied adult without dependents. People age 18 to 52 who don't have any children under 18 on their SNAP case have an "ABAWD status" unless they are approved for an exemption.
Because of federal rules, people with an ABAWD status can usually only get three months of SNAP benefits in a 3-year period unless they meet work requirements or have an exemption.
If you have an ABAWD status, you can keep your SNAP benefits for longer than three months if:
If you have an ABAWD status and don't have an exemption, you need to do at least one of these things if you want SNAP benefits for longer than three months:
If you have an ABAWD status and live in one of the following counties, you may need to meet the requirements:
From July 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023, people in these counties may need to meet requirements: Clackamas, Deschutes, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah or Washington
From Jan. 1, 2024, to Dec. 31, 2024 only people in these counties may need to meet requirements: Multnomah or Washington.
You have an ABAWD status if:
You are between 18 and 52 years old, and
You don't have any children under 18 on your SNAP case.
Some people with an ABAWD status are exempt from work requirements. If you think you are exempt, you need to contact us and get approved for an exemption.
You may be exempt from work requirements if one or more of these apply to you:
If you think you are exempt, contact ODHS as soon as possible. We need to approve your exemption.
No. You can choose if you want to participate. This program is one way you can meet the SNAP work requirements.
If you have an ABAWD status and lose your SNAP benefits because you didn't meet the work requirements, you can start receiving SNAP again if you:
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