The highest SNAP allocations, reductions, and income requirements for eligibility are modified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service on October 1 of every year.
These modifications are by the cost of living (COLA adjustments), meaning the sum of money required to maintain a minimal quality of life. For the majority of territories and states in the United States, the FNS raised maximum allocations and housing caps for 2024.
The highest allocations for Alaska, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Lower 48 States, and Washington D.C. all raised. When in Hawaii, the cost for SNAP beneficiaries is reduced to $35.
The term “shelter cap values” refers to the amount that SNAP users can subtract from their payments when their housing costs, utilities, and other living expenses reach half of their total income. The shelter limit in all 48 states and D.C. is raised from $48 to $672 unless there is at least one senior or handicapped person in the family. The highest deduction for a homeless shelter also increased to $179.66.