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Food, Fuel, and Financial Assistance
You may detach and keep this page for future reference. Your Rights and Responsibilities are on pages 16-18. Be sure to read through them. You can review your Rights and Responsibilities anytime by visiting the website at MyBenefits.vt.gov. If you need help understanding something, contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151.
3SquaresVT Federal Requirements. 3SquaresV T is the State of Vermont ’s title for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The State must process applications for 3SquaresV T in accordance with SNAP procedures, including timeliness, notice, and fair hearing requirements, regardless of whether the application is for 3SquaresV T and other programs. An applicant may not be denied 3SquaresV T benefits solely because they were denied benefits from other programs. If the applicant is in an institution and applying for 3SquaresV T and SSI at the same time, the filing date will be the date of release from the institution.
In accordance with federal law, you MUST NOT: lie or hide information to get benefits that your household should not get; use food assistance benefits to buy nonfood items, such as alcohol or cigarettes, or to pay on credit accounts; use, or have in your possession, EBT cards that are not yours and you must not let someone else use your card; and you must not trade or sell EBT cards or use someone else’s card.
The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (formerly the Food Stamp Act), as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2011-2036, authorizes the collection of information on the application, including the Social Security number of each household member, to be used to determine whether you are eligible or continue to be eligible to receive 3SquaresV T benefits. We will verify this information through computer matching programs. This information will also be used to monitor compliance with program regulations and for program management.
Social Security Numbers. Everyone applying for benefits must provide a Social Security number. If your household is applying for home heating fuel assistance, everyone in the household must provide a Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, we will help you apply for one. People not applying for benefits do not have to provide their Social Security numbers. However, they will have to provide information such as income and resources.
For additional information on Social Security numbers, including circumstances in which an exemption for religious objections may be available, see the section called “Social Security number” under Rights and Responsibilities, beginning on page 16 of this application.
Important Information for Immigrants. Only U.S. citizens and certain non-citizens can get benefits. If your household includes people who are not eligible because of their immigration status, you can still apply for and get benefits for other eligible members. We will verify the immigration status of non-citizens who apply for benefits with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. People not applying for benefits do not have to give immigration information. However, they will have to provide information such as income and resources.
If you are an immigrant and get assistance from us, it may affect your sponsor or your immigration status. Before you apply, you may want to talk with Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-889-2047, or with an agency that helps immigrants with legal questions.
Proof of Citizenship, Immigration Status, and Identity. For certain programs, we must verify your citizenship, immigration status, and identity. We will try to do this by looking up your information in available government records. However, if we are unable to find a match, we may ask you to provide the necessary proof. Do not send anything at this time. We will tell you more about this after we get your application.
Nondiscrimination Statement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or
activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing _cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 1-866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint
form or letter to us by mail at U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 1-202-690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at
1-800-877-8339; or 1-800-845-6136 (Spanish).
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at 1-800-221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gives people with disabilities certain rights. If you think you might have a physical or mental condition that considerably limits a major life activity like moving, seeing, or thinking, contact us for help. You may be entitled to reasonable changes and accommodations in our requirements to help you take part in our programs.
Rights and Responsibilities. When you sign the application, you are stating that you have read and understand your Rights and Responsibilities (pages 16-18). If you do not understand your Rights and Responsibilities, or if you would like a copy of them, call the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151. You can ask for your copy to be in larger print. You can also review your Rights and Responsibilities online at MyBenefits.vt.gov.
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