My mother is 75, and after my father's death started collecting around $1600 a month in SS. Her property taxes alone each year take most of that money. Add payments, food, car insurance etc, and she is in the hole. I was curious as to whether she would be eligible for SNAP in NY state.


According to the "Income guidelines with Elderly" if the family size is 1 the allowed income is $1980. What I'm confused about is whether or not she counts as a family of one, since she is her own dependent.

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If she lives by herself, my guess would be that she qualifies as a household of one. Either way, her monthly income is below the threshold, so she should be eligible. Per the linked website

The only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply.

I'd say it's worth a try.

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