Lost food stamps because I make too much on SS disability

Hey everyone first time post but I’ve been around since the old days of schizophrenia.com. I’ve just been too lazy to make a new account.

Anyway I collect disability and recently I lost my food stamps. I was getting around $200 a month for food. At the beginning of the year I was told by social services that I make too much money disability. I get $850 a month from SS. I pay $450 a month in rent and have some co pays from my doctors visits.

Anyone ever heard of this? I thought disabled people got food stamps? My case worker is a real ass. Every time I talk to her she is extremely snotty. I’m at my whits end when dealing with social services to the point I’m about to leave my state.

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Have you thought about getting into public housing? Some of those places are nice, and you would get a huge reduction in rent.

Yeah I’d like to do something like that but I don’t know how. Social services are real jerks and I don’t think they’d help me. They cut my medicade insurance off a couple years ago and I had to hound my state representative to get it resolved. My state rep had to breath down social services neck to get my insurance back for me. Social services kept telling me I didn’t qualify but social security told me I did.

How do I find out about public housing? Is there a way to find housing in another area? I’d like to get away from social services in my area.

Where I am in Oklahoma it is in the phone book. That’s all I know about it, other than it’s cheap. I imagine that if you poke around you can get connected with public housing.

I can relate. Before SSDI I got $160 in foodstamps, now I only get $16 a month. I’m also losing my Medicaid March 1st because I make too much $ now.


Browse by state the differences between household income and eligibility.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities had this to say about SNAP in 2012: Contrary to “Entitlement Society” Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households. Yes, those with disability benefits receive SNAP.

Did your caseworker explain why your household income became too much? It does not sound to be too much to me.

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That doesn’t sound right to me either. I would get that rep involved.


What Resources Can I Have (and Still Get SNAP benefits)?

Households may have $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3,250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled. However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and most retirement (pension) plans. An important exception to this is that in the State of California SSI recipients are not eligible for SNAP benefits, because they receive a State supplement to their SSI benefits in lieu of SNAP benefits.

The bold part is not counted as a resource.

Seems to me that you qualify for the measly SNAP benefits you should receive.

Hope something works out for you.


What Are the Income Limits?

Most households have to meet both a monthly gross income test and a monthly net income test to be eligible for SNAP benefits. However, households in which all members are receiving SSI or TANF are considered to be eligible based on income.

Yeah, or see if you can get a different social worker!
You should still be able to get food stamps–I know my son`s was cut to $111 per month. I would also look into section 8 housing. It takes awhile to see it through-but is worth it. A social worker should be able to help with all of that.