BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Some people in Louisiana will see a decrease in benefits, including SNAP, after a federal cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security and veterans benefits, according to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Other benefits affected will be the Family Independence Temporary Assitance Program (FITAP) and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP).

“Due to the COLA increase, 145,330 SNAP households (about 34% of all SNAP households in Louisiana) will face an average reduction of approximately $47.15 in monthly benefits, beginning in January. Currently, SNAP recipients receive Emergency Allotments, which brings them to the maximum benefit amount for their household size. Benefit reductions for these households may not be noticeable until Emergency Allotments expire once the Public Health Emergency ends. As their income exceeds the eligibility limit, another 1,414 SNAP cases will be closed. The COLA will also result in benefit reductions for less than 1% of FITAP and KCSP households.”

DCFS

Income adjustment will be automatically made to SNAP and FITAP applicants starting in January 2023, DCFS said.

The agency directs those who will see reduced benefits or closure of a case to Louisiana 211 for assistance. For more information about 211, visit louisiana211.org.