BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The series of people receiving food stamps in Montana stays high, notwithstanding reduce stagnation rates. Officials are blaming it on Montana’s struggling housing construction attention and low use attention wages, and easier entrance to a food stamp program.
State officials contend some-more Montanans are operative now than during a recession. At a same time, a series of people receiving food stamps, also famous as SNAP benefits, hasn’t altered much.
One cause cited by module officials is a palliate with that people can now get SNAP benefits.
Jamie Palagi, who manages a Montana SNAP module as Human and Community Services Division director for a Department of Public Health and Human Services, pronounced applications are accessible online, instead of requiring people to request during business hours.
People who validate for other amicable gratification programs like Medicaid can find out some-more fast if they are SNAP eligible.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities pronounced some-more than 45 percent of Montana families relying on SNAP advantages embody people who work, and about 70 percent are families with children.
More than a entertain of a families also have a member who is aged or disabled, a Billings Gazette reported (http://tinyurl.com/zjp9xs2 ).
SNAP is accessible to families vital on a corner of poverty, that allows people to request if they have reduction than $26,000 for a family of three.
Virginia Mermel, who coordinates a BackPack Meals and Teen Pantry Program for Billings School District 2, pronounced stagnation isn’t a problem. The module gives low-income students food to final them by weekends and holidays, adequate for a students, though not for parents.
“The smallest salary went to $8.05 in Jan 2015, though a vital salary for one primogenitor with one child would be $17.35, according to a MIT Living Wage Calculator,” Mermel said. “We don’t have adequate good-paying jobs. A lot of the expansion has been in low-paying jobs.”
According to state officials, scarcely 22 percent of Montanans age 16 to 64 work reduction than 35 hours a week.
The Montana Department of Labor pronounced about 35 percent of those part-time workers would like to work full-time.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com