Delaware will issue emergency benefits for households

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits for December to eligible households as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and two cash assistance programs — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance. The SNAP emergency food benefit will be issued Wednesday and should be available on recipients’ Electronic Benefit Transfer cards the next day. TANF and GA households should receive an emergency cash benefit check starting Wednesday.

The emergency assistance will increase a household’s monthly benefit for each program up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size. Households that already receive the maximum benefit amount or that have a prorated benefit in the month of December are not eligible for the December emergency funds.

Households will receive their regular benefits for December on the usual issuance dates.

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which was signed into law in March, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services has issued emergency benefits each month to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly benefit.

“With the holidays approaching and cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in Delaware, we know the needs are increasing for our residents from low-income households,” said DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. “This additional assistance will help them provide for themselves and their families and, hopefully, lessen the burdens created by the ongoing public health emergency.”

An estimated 35,464 households will be eligible to receive the emergency SNAP allotment in December, totaling about $7.1 million in emergency food benefits for the month.

An estimated 149 households will be eligible to receive emergency cash assistance benefits in December, totaling about $19,800 in emergency benefits for the month.

For more information about the DHSS benefit programs in response to the pandemic, go to dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/covid19.html. To apply for benefits, go to assist.dhss.delaware.gov or call (866) 843-7212. To limit the spread of COVID-19, clients are asked to contact the department by phone or online.