A new report claims that food stamp enrollment is expected to drop by one million in 2016, and that decrease is a direct result of stricter rules that will be put into place.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimatesthat enrollment for food stamps will decrease by such a significant amount next year due to new guidelines surrounding timeline and job training that will be reimposed.
According to the CBPP, states will have to reimpose requirements that people who don’t have a disability or claim any dependents must enroll in job training or work at least 20 hours per week if they want more than three months of food stamps. Ed Bolen of the CBPP wrote that the group expects these new requirements to make the enrollment rate for food stamps drop significantly, and that will come mostly because they will have no choice, as many states do not offer training or jobs that meet the reimposed requirements.
“It is going to be an additional number of people losing benefits in 2016, even with normal caseload dynamics,” Bolen stated.
“The loss of benefits will likely increase hardship for these one million unemployed Americans who rely upon SNAP to meet their basic nutritional needs," Bolen continued, according to The Huffington Post. "With Congress unlikely to act, states need to begin planning for the reduction to ensure that clients and the many organizations and SNAP stakeholders that work with them are aware of the upcoming change and its effects.”
The most recent data shows that enrollment in food stamps is already down significantly from past years. Now, with states having to reimpose the requirements and drop their past exemptions from time limits, the number of people enrolling in food stamps will likely drop quickly and drastically.