DHS RESUMES RECERTIFICATION AND BENEFIT RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SNAP AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – EFFECTIVE BEGINNING JULY 1, 2021Posted on Jun 18, 2021 in Featured, Main, NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2021
DHS RESUMES RECERTIFICATION AND BENEFIT RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SNAP AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – EFFECTIVE BEGINNING JULY 1, 2021
HONOLULU — In keeping with federal requirements, the state Department of Human Services (DHS), Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) announced today that beginning July 1, 2021, the department will resume processing benefit renewals for:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/ formerly known as Food Stamps
- Financial Assistance Programs (FAP)
States used the much-needed temporary flexibility in SNAP and other federal programs to respond to the COVID-19 economic crisis. With SNAP and FAP waivers coming to a close, recipients of these benefits will be required to recertify, or renew, their eligibility annually (in most cases) to receive continued benefits.
“The Department took aggressive and proactive steps to protect the health and safety of the individuals and families we serve by maintaining these benefits and services to help the people of Hawai‘i during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Brian Donohoe, BESSD Division Administrator. “Now, as federal waivers for these benefits are soon to end, we want the public to know that we will continue to be here, and diligently help those we serve through this next phase of requirements.”
The periodic reporting requirement, also known as the Six-Month Report form, was suspended due to the pandemic from March 2020 through June 2021. Households that are affected by this change will receive a Six-Month Report form in the mail when it is time to report updates to their circumstances.
Households that were scheduled to renew their benefits in March 2020 through June 2021 received renewal extensions. Those affected by this change will receive a notice in the mail when it is time to renew their benefits.
Households are now able to complete their renewals and upload required documents at https://pais-benefits.dhs.hawaii.gov/
In 2019, there was an average of $37 million in SNAP benefits per month. Since March 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, there is now an average of $79 million in SNAP benefits per month.
Total SNAP Individual Recipients by Month: 2019, 2020, and 2021
January 2019 = 158,949
January 2020 = 153,634
January 2021 = 193,761
February 2019 = 158,581
February 2020 = 152,252
February 2021 = 197,958
March 2019 = 155,902
March 2020 = 153,047
March 2021 = 201,193
April 2019 = 154,526
April 2020 = 171,451
April 2021 = 202,822
May 2019 = 154,618
May 2020 = 177,569
May 2021 = 203,885
Since March 2020, the SNAP Emergency Supplements have helped more than 109,000 households with more than $235 million for individuals and families in need.
Pandemic EBT Food Assistance for Students
More than 95,000 students who receive free or reduced-price meals in Hawai‘i have received vital food assistance. That has resulted in to $159 million in P-EBT support.
For more information on case-specific reporting requirements contact any Processing Center
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