The House Bill 1287 in Texas changes the eligibility requirements for the SNAP Benefits 2023 in the state. Under the new law, the number of eligible applicants of the program may increase.The House Bill 1287 is a new law in Texas that affects the eligibility of the individuals applying for SNAP Benefits 2023 in the state. The law was a one-time adjustment to the requirements due to the increase in the prices of vehicles from inflation.
According to Alcala Bach, Texas is one of the only ten U.S. states that utilize the vehicle asset test to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the SNAP Benefits 2023. This eligibility requirement takes into consideration the value of a household’s vehicle along with the income it earns.
In 2022, more than 54,000 applicants of the SNAP Benefits 2023 have been rejected due to the value of their vehicles. This is because the current policy in Texas states that applications will be rejected if a vehicle is valued at more than $15,000 or additional vehicles are valued at more than $4,650. Fortunately, in September, if a vehicle is valued at less than $22,500 and additional vehicles are valued at less than $8,700, an applicant will be eligible for the benefits.
Who will qualify for the SNAP Benefits 2023?
According to Willis, to qualify for the SNAP Benefits 2023, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen and must be a resident of Texas. In addition, an individual must also verify their identity and be able to provide a Social Security number.