An ABAWD is an Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents.

Starting on January 1, 2016, all nonexempt ABAWDs between the ages of 18 and 50 will be required to meet the ABAWD Work Program requirement in order to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for more than 3 months during a 36-month period.

To learn more about the ABAWD Work Program requirement access the flyer below:

Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents Work Requirements Flyer (English) pdf format of ABAWD Work Requirements Flyer
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Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents Work Requirements Flyer (Spanish)  pdf format of Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents Work Requirements
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One way to meet the ABAWD work requirement is to participate in certain training or education programs 20 hours per week.  People who participate in certain refugee employability programs are exempt from the work requirement.  If you are currently participating in a program that may exempt you from or meet the work requirement, you can use the ABAWD Training Program Information Request form to tell DTA about your participation.

ABAWD Training Program Information Request Form (English) pdf format of ABAWD Training Program Information Request Form (PDF)
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ABAWD Training Program Information Request Form (Spanish) pdf format of ABAWD Training Program Information Request Form (PDF)
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You can use the Request for ABAWD Work Program Exemption form to tell DTA about your situation so we can determine if you are exempt from or already meeting the work program requirements.

Request for ABAWD Work Program Exemption Form (English) pdf format of ABAWD Work Program Exemption-English
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Request for ABAWD Work Program Exemption Form (Spanish) pdf format of ABAWD Work Program Exemption-Spanish
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Request for ABAWD Work Program Exemption Supplement For homeless people ages 18 to 49  pdf format of ABAWD WPE HS (PDF)
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Request for ABAWD Work Program Exemption Supplement For homeless people ages 18 to 49  pdf format of ABAWD WPE HS (PDF)
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A physician, licensed social worker, drug and alcohol abuse counselor, certified mental health counselor, or other competent medical authority can verify that you are unable to work at least 20 hours per week due to illness or disability by completing the ABAWD Work Program Requirement Medical Report form.

ABAWD Work Program Requirement Medical Report Form (English only) pdf format of ABAWD Work Program Requirement Medical Report

While the statewide waiver that temporarily suspends the ABAWD Work Program Requirement will expire on December 31, 2015 ABAWDs who live in certain parts of the state will continue to be exempt during 2016.  For a list of waived areas, access the file below:

List of Waived Areas pdf format of ABAWD Work Program–Waived Areas
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MA Waived Areas Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Map pdf format of MA Waived Areas CBPP Map
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For non-profit agencies interested in hosting ABAWD volunteers:

Non-profit organizations can help SNAP participants meet the ABAWD Work Program requirement and remain eligible for SNAP benefits by hosting SNAP Community Service Program volunteers.

By volunteering, an ABAWD gains valuable work experience, develops new skills that will help him or her transition to employment, and is given an opportunity to improve self-esteem, while serving the community.   

Please review the Questionnaire for Community-Based Organizations pdf format of SNAP CSP Questionnaire-CBO (PDF)
doc format of                             SNAP CSP Questionnaire-CBO (Word)                and consider hosting SNAP volunteers as part of this important program.  

You may mail or fax your completed questionnaire to:
DTA
SNAP E&T Unit
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Fax: (617) 348-5093

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact an Employment and Training Specialist by calling the SNAP Work Requirements Line: (888) 483-0255.