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What is an example of income limits for welfare programs?

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As of 2015, an individual is permitted to earn no more than $1,265 per month gross, or $973 net, to qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To receive SNAP benefits, individuals and households are required to meet federal poverty guidelines.

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Other income limits for SNAP benefits are $2,584 per month gross or $1,988 per month net for a household of four. Typically, the government requires applicants for SNAP to meet both gross and net income limits before granting benefits; however, households that have a person receiving disability income only have to meet the net income limit.

The government counts certain resources along with income in determining whether to grant SNAP benefits to an applicant. For example, a household is permitted to have up to $2,250 in countable resources, such as funds in a checking or savings account, or up to $3,250 for a household containing someone 60 and older or who receives disability payments.

Depending on the state in which an applicant lives, motor vehicles are considered a resource, counted along with income in the SNAP evaluation process. States that do consider vehicles assets vary in how they count the fair market value of the car or truck in the application process.

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