Connecticut SNAP Benefits Approval – Verification of Information, Rules
The DSS Office has to interview you and verify provided information before determining if the household is eligible for Connecticut SNAP Benefits Approval. Connecticut Department of Social Services lists examples of information that may be needed at the interview:
- Driver’s License
- ID Card
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security
- Rental Agreement
- Rent Receipt
- Utility Bill (telephone, electric, gas, oil, garbage, water)
- Paycheck Stubs – for the last 30 days
- Benefits Letters from SSI or VA
- Unemployment Insurance Check Stubs
- Pension Information
- Dependent Care Cost
- Child Support
This is not a complete list and depending on the case the DSS Worker may request additional types of proof and application supporting documents.
The SNAP Food Assistance program has special rules for elderly or disabled applicants and beneficiaries. If you are disabled or 60 years of age or older call: 1-866-974-SNAP for more information.
The federal rules state that food stamp beneficiaries between 18 and 50 who do not have any dependent children can get SNAP benefits only for three months in a 36-month period if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. The goal is to help SNAP recipients transition to economic independence and improve their quality of life. In Connecticut, it is the SNAP Employment and Training Program – a volunteer employment and training program for adults in households getting Connecticut SNAP benefits.
To operate the SNAP Employment and Training Program the Connecticut Department of Social Services partnered with organizations that offer various employment and training services. Under the Employment and Training Program, Connecticut SNAP recipients may be eligible to enroll in English as a Second Language, General Equivalency Diploma, Adult Basic Education, Work Experience or Structured Job Search Skill Training. The Connecticut Employment and Training program also offers short-term vocational programs at several area colleges and nonprofit organizations. Department of Social Services maintains a list of participating entities. Through its employment related services, the SNAP Employment and Training Program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to get work experience that is needed to secure a well-paying job.
Applicants for Connecticut SNAP Benefits Approval in Connecticut should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local DSS Office. Households cannot receive food stamps assistance from more than one Connecticut county in a month. Households getting food stamps benefits must report any changes of their household situation in a 6-months period in order to assure their participation in the Connecticut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Approved! When and How Do I Get the Food Stamp Benefits?
Connecticut Food Stamp Program provides the SNAP benefits via the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. The monetary benefits of Connecticut SNAP are transferred to the accounts of qualified beneficiaries and are accessible through Connecticut Quest Card. The Food Stamp Benefits are made available from the 1st to the 3rd of every month, based on the first letter of the client’s last name:
First Letter of the Last Name is: A-F = benefits available on the 1st
First Letter of the Last Name is: G-N = benefits available on the 2nd
First Letter of the Last Name is: O-Z = benefits available on the 3rd
If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Connecticut EBT Customer Service: 1-888-328-2666