CalFresh Time Limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)
There are new time limits for certain CalFresh recipients who are considered Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). Beginning September 1, 2019, Contra Costa residents who have ABAWD status will only be eligible to receive three months of CalFresh benefits unless they comply with specific work requirements or meet another exemption. Solano County residents are not yet subject to these time limits.
Am I Affected?
Anyone who can answer YES to ALL of the following questions is considered an ABAWD and MAY be subject to time limits:
- Do you currently receive CalFresh benefits? (CalFresh is also known as SNAP or food stamps)
- Do you live in Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, or San Mateo counties?
- Are you age 18-49?
- Do you not have a child under the age of 18 living with you?
- Are you not disabled?
Take a short quiz to learn if the time limits may affect you
Does the work requirement apply to me?
Even if you are considered an “ABAWD” you may not be subject to the time limits if you answer YES to any of the following questions:
- Are you currently working or volunteering at least 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month (including self-employment)?
- Are you participating in an employment training program?
- Are you currently homeless and unable to meet your needs?
- Do you go to school or training at least half time?
- Are you pregnant?
- Are you caring for a person with a disability (The person does not need to live with you)?
- Do you receive or have you applied for unemployment benefits?
- Do you receive or have you applied for disability benefits from any source?
- Are you in a drug or alcohol treatment program or are you struggling with alcohol or substance abuse?
- Are you experiencing or escaping domestic violence?
- Do you have a physical, mental or emotional disability or another personal issue that prevents you from working at least 80 hours per month?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, or if you have further questions, please contact the Food Bank at [email protected] or 925-603-3316.
How do I meet the work requirement?
If you know you have ABAWD status and need to meet the work requirement, here are some ways you can do that. You will need to participate in one or more of these activities for a total of 20 hours a week or 80 hours a month.
- Working (including self-employment)
- Participating in a CalFresh Employment & Training program
- Volunteer at the Food Bank
RESOURCES for assisters and CBOs
- Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet
- Request a training
- Screening Questionnaire for Outreach Workers (fillable .pdf)
- How to verify exemptions from ABAWD rule
- Medical exemption verification form
- ABAWD presentation
- California Department of Social Services– ABAWD resources
- California Association of Food Banks
- VIDEO about ABAWD changes