If you get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you need to report any change that could affect your SNAP eligibility or the amount of SNAP benefits that you receive within 10 days of learning of the change.
For income related changes, the date the first payment is received is considered the date you learned of the change.
For example, you must report:
- If you get, change, or lose a job
- Changes in your earned income of more than $100 a month, or unearned income of more than $50 a month. Some SNAP units are placed into EZ reporting and only need to report a change if their income goes above gross monthly income standards for the unit size. You do not have to report changes in your cash benefits paid by DHS
- Changes in unit size, including new babies
- If your cash on hand, money in checking and savings accounts, stocks, and bonds exceeds a total of $2,000
- Changes in address
- New housing, including rent, mortgage, or utilities
- If a household member buys, trades, sells, or is given a licensed vehicle such as a car, truck, boat, or motorcycle
- If you receive a deduction for child support payments, you must report when the child support order changes or ends
You may report changes in person or by mail. To report changes in your SNAP unit, use the SNAP Program Change Report Form. Some changes may also be reported by phone with the Department of Human Services (DHS) helpline (800) 843-6154.
Exceptions for EZ REDE and Mid-Point REDE households
There is one exception to the 10 day reporting rule. Households that are EZ REDE units and Mid-Point REDE units only need to report changes when their gross income exceeds the minimum eligibility standard for their household size. Visit the Illinois Department of Human Services to find out the gross income standards and whether or not you need to report changes to your income.