General 3SquaresVT Questions
If I get 3SquaresVT benefits, am I taking benefits away from others who need them more?
Can I get 3SquaresVT benefits even if I am not on welfare?
If you are living in a shelter, the 3SquaresVT office will look at your income, resources, and expenses. The 3SquaresVT office will not consider the income, resources, and expenses of your former household.
The 3SquaresVT office will not count any of your resources that are held jointly with your former household. Any room payments you make to the shelter will count as shelter expenses. This will help you get 3SquaresVT benefits.
Can I get 3SquaresVT benefits if I don't have a permanent address?
Can students get 3SquaresVT benefits?
If you are in school half time or more, you can get 3SquaresVT benefits if:
- You are 17 or younger or 50 or older; or
- You have a disability; or
- You receive Reach Up; or
- You are in the JOBS program under Title IV; or
- You participate in work study; or
- You work at least 20 hours a week for pay equal to the federal minimum wage; or
- You are in an on-the-job training program; or
- You take care of a child under age 6; or
- You take care of a child age 6 - 12 when child care is unavailable; or
- You are a single parent in school full time and responsible for the care of a dependent child under 12; or
- You are in school through:
- Workforce Investment Act
- Employment and Training Program
- A Trade Act Program
- Employment and training program for low income households operated by State or local government.
The Application Process
Do I have to go to the 3SquaresVT office for an interview?
If I live with other people, do we have to apply for 3SquaresVT benefits together?
Some people who live together must apply for 3SquaresVT together, even if they do not buy food or make meals together, including:
- parents and children 21 and younger
- children under 18 who live with and are financially dependent on an adult who is not their parent.
- If you live with other people and buy food and make meals together but you want to apply for 3SquaresVT on your own, you can start buying your own food and making your own meals. Then you can apply for 3SquaresVT separately from the other people in your house.
There is a special rule for people who are 60 years or older who live with other people. If the older person cannot buy food or make meals alone because of a disability, this person and his or her spouse may be able to apply for 3SquaresVT separate from the other people in the house.
How often do I have to reapply for 3SquaresVT?
What can I do if the 3SquaresVT office does something that I think is wrong?
What should I do if my application for 3SquaresVT is denied?
- Ask for a hearing if you think the 3SquaresVT office is wrong. On the back of the letter you get from the 3SquaresVT office, there will be information about how to ask for a hearing.
- Get legal advice. If you think the 3SquaresVT office is wrong or you have questions about your application, Vermont Legal Aid toll-free at 1-800-889-2047 can answer your questions and may be able to help you with an appeal.
- Apply again if your situation changes. For example, if you get laid off and have less income, you may be able to get 3SquaresVT benefits even if you were denied before. You can apply again at any time.
How can I find out how much money is left on my 3SquaresVT card?
You can call the Vermont EBT Customer Service Line at 1-800-914-8605 to find out how many 3SquaresVT benefits you have on your card. The call is free.
Another way to find out how many 3SquaresVT benefits you have on your card is to look at your last receipt. When you buy food with your card, your receipt will tell you how many 3SquaresVT benefits you have left in your account.
What happens to my 3SquaresVT benefits if I do not use them all during the month?
How long can I stay on 3SquaresVT benefits?