Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training
The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T), historically and commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, is to help SNAP recipients in obtaining employment through participation in allowable job search, training, education, or workfare activities that promote self-sufficiency. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) determines participant eligibility and refers those eligible participants to Workforce Solutions.
- Job Search,
- Vocational Training,
- Non-vocational Education,
- Work Experience,
- Workfare and
- Unsubsidized Employment.
If the SNAP program participant does not secure employment after 4 weeks of job search and training activities, the participant will be mandated to work fare activities in order to develop skills necessary to become self-sufficient.
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) aged 18 to 50 can get SNAP benefits for 3 months in a 36-month period if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the program.
Support services for transportation, and other expenses that are reasonable, necessary, and directly related to participation in SNAP activities are evaluated based on individual need. Payment for General Educational Development (GED) testing and certificates of high school equivalency is also available.