Asset limits

Asset limits

Asset limits under SNAP and TANF can make it impossible for people receiving these benefits to accrue even modest savings, running counter to the objective of the programs—to support recipients and enable them to advance economically. These blogs and policy briefs explain how asset limits hinder low-income people’s access to opportunity, and what states can do to change them.


Apr 20, 2018 | Report/Brief | CLASP

This paper examines how asset limits run counter to the goals of TANF and SNAP of supporting recipients in work and enabling them to advance economically.

Oct 11, 2016 | Report/Brief | CLASP

This paper examines how asset limits in general, and vehicle asset limits specifically, run counter to the objectives of TANF and SNAP of supporting recipients and enabling them to advance economically.

Jul 29, 2010 | Report/Brief | CLASP

This brief from CLASP, First Focus, and Single Stop explains the benefits of President Obama's proposal to raise asset limits to no less than $10,000 for all federally funded means-tested programs serving low-income adults and their families.