An announcement from Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) said that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service has approved D-snap benefits for residents in Dallas County and others affected by Hurricane Zeta in November of 2020.
In addition to Dallas County, households in Clarke, Marengo, Mobile, Perry, Washington, and Wilcox counties may also apply for benefits based on income, resources, disaster-related expenses and other factors from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26.
According to Sewell's announcement, 34,504 households may be eligible for more than $13.7 million in D-snap benefits. Households may apply during a pre-registration period and application/interview period.
The pre-registration period for Dallas County, as well as Clarke and Washington, is Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 25-29 with the application/interview period being. Jan. 25-29.
Perry, Wilcox and Marengo's pre-registration period is Jan. 15-16, 19-20 and Jan. 25 followed by the application/interview periods on Jan. 19-22 and Jan. 25.
Households can submit pre-registrations through an online D-SNAP portal from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday.
"Households that are elderly, disabled, lack internet access or need additional assistance can call the county office during business hours for additional help in completing the pre-registration," Sewell's announcement said.
"Authorized representatives may also complete the pre-registration on behalf of households that do not have internet access. Printed pre registrations may be brought to a county office."
During the application period, staff will conduct telephone interviews. Staff will make three attempts to contact applicants for interviews. If an applicant can't be reached after three attempts, the applicant can still contact staff during operation hours.
Applicants can also contact their county office for interviews.
The state agency will take three days to process information and issue benefits, although the state may take up to seven days to process information after it's been presented.
See below to see if your household is eligible for benefits:
- Household composition as it existed on October 28, 2020 will be used in determining eligibility and benefits.
- Households that have experienced food loss as their only adverse effect will not be eligible for D-SNAP assistance.
- The State will use the Fiscal Year 2021 Disaster Gross Income Limit (DGIL) standards to determine eligibility. As provided in D-SNAP guidance, DGIL combines the SNAP maximum monthly net income limit, the maximum standard income deduction, and the maximum capped shelter expense deduction for the current fiscal year. In order to be eligible under DGIL, a household’s take-home income and accessible liquid resources during the disaster benefit period, minus disaster expenses as determined by the State agency, must not exceed the income limit for its size.
- If a household has received or expects to receive reimbursement for disaster expenses during their respective benefit period, only the net amount of expenses paid or anticipated to be paid shall be deducted. Disaster expenses are not required to be verified unless questionable.
- Households that received SNAP benefits for November 2020 are not eligible for D-SNAP assistance. Households that received replacement benefits for the Hurricane Sally D-SNAP operation and were also impacted by Hurricane Zeta may be eligible for D-SNAP assistance, if otherwise eligible.