A primary reason for that reduction was that the share of SNAP beneficiaries who used the excess shelter deduction dropped from 72% in 2014 to 67.5% in 2015, a drop of 1.109 million households.
The Excel workbook HERE and embedded below allows a lookup by state to see changes in SNAP benefits resulting from that reduction in excess shelter deductions. (To use the pull down to select a state you MAY have to download the Excel file).
A BIG reason for the national reduction appears to be California, which saw
- A reported drop of 387,000 SNAP households with the excess shelter deduction.
- A reported 23.9% drop in the % of all SNAP households w the excess shelter deduction: From 92.9% in 2014 to 70.7% in 2015.
- A nearly $581 million drop in SNAP benefits because of the reduction in the number of households with the excess shelter deduction.
Originally created and posted on the Oregon Housing Blog.