In 2012 to 2013 I received SNAP benefits and now 3 years later I got a notice in the mail stating that I owe a high amount in overpayment. I have a family of 4 and was going to school with a few part time jobs in those years and had a very low income. I have tax returns to prove that my income was low enough for benefits and never claimed lower income to get more money.
Give your local office a call and see if they have an over payment appeal form that you can complete. Many offices will have them. Many times you are only given about 60-90 days to appeal so be sure to do this right away. Also, carefully read the letter sent to you as it may tell you more information about how to appeal. Good luck!
I agree, I would contact your local office provide them supporting documentation and see if they have an appeal or dispute process.
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You should visit the CalFresh website, that governs the SNAP program. It appears that this is an "agency caused over-issuance". The notice you received in the mail might be the "pre-intercept notice" It sets forth your rights, which include a face-to-face meeting to contest this. Read the notice, and if that is what it is, do it!
http://calfresh.lsnc.net/how-the-calfresh-program-collects-overpaid-benefits/ is the URL
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