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ABAWD Time Limit Statewide Waiver Extended through August 31, 2018


1.17.2017 The California Department of Social Services CalFresh Branch recently announced that USDA FNS has approved an extension of the statewide waiver of the three-month CalFresh time limit for unemployed adults without minor children. The statewide waiver will now expire August 31, 2018.

The state is to be commended for securing the waiver extension, which will provide additional time to prepare and train program administrators in the implementation of the complex ABAWD time-limit rules in order to mitigate loss of benefits for CalFresh recipients who could be subject to the time limit.

Read the Statewide Waiver Approval Letter from FNS. PDF


The three-month CalFresh time limit for unemployed, childless adults, also known as "able-bodied adults without dependents" (ABAWDs), will go back into effect August 31, 2018 in certain California counties, and will likely continue to affect new areas beyond 2018.

This is a federal law that was waived in the state for many years due to high unemployment. Individuals considered "ABAWDs" may only receive CalFresh benefits for a total of three full months within a 36-month period, unless the person meets an exemption or complies with certain "work requirements."

Stay up to date on the return of the time limit on CFPA's ABAWD Time Limit page. link

Learn more about the return of the three-month time limit from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. PDF

Questions? Contact Jared Call at 213.482.8200 ext. 201