Some SNAP households get very confusing DTA notices when they are under the gross income limits but qualify for $0 in SNAP benefits. The DTA notices say:
“Because your countable income is over the limit for your household size, you are not eligible for SNAP benefits at this time. We will keep your case open until DATE in case there is a change in your household's circumstances that qualifies you for benefits.”
This happens to households that have:
- Three or more persons
- Income below 200% poverty level
- BUT 30% of the household’s net income (gross income minus the allowable deductions) is greater than the maximum SNAP benefit amount for that household.
Households that meet these criteria are considered Categorically Eligible for $0 in SNAP benefits