New Haven Food pantries map
This is a map of the food pantries in the city of New Haven - a good resource to have at hand to share with clients. The information comes from Infoline and my files, so it should be fairly accurate; the map is open for updates if anyone finds a mistake.
View New Haven Food pantries in a larger map
New SNAP guidelines
Starting July 1st 2009, DSS has changed the requirements to apply for food stamps. The income limit has increased from 130% poverty to a much more reasonable 185%. This puts the SNAP program limit in line with several other programs like WIC; if a client is eligible for WIC, they will be eligible for SNAP as well.
You can download the new requirements here:
185 percent SNAP guideline - July 2009.doc
There are other changes as well. The two most important ones is that everyone will get the standard utility deduction from now on, meaning that clients don´t need to proof what utilities they are paying, and that there no longer is an assets test, meaning that clients can have any amount of savings, houses or vehicles and still be eligible.
As always, there is a minor catch. The income limit has increased, but the formula remains the same. This means that a family can be bellow the income limit by $100-300, making them eligible, but the deductions are not big enough (for instance, they pay very little rent) to make them get benefits. Contact Roger Senserrich at CAHS
if you have any questions.
Where to get the SNAP applications?
DSS has them on their website here
. SNAP application in English here
, in Spanish here