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Shawnda O'Brien, Director of Public Assistance
Shawnda O'Brien


Division of Public Assistance

Public assistance promotes self-sufficiency and provides basic living expenses to Alaskans in need. Read more…

October 22, 2019: Effective Oct. 1, 2019, DPA has been updating the work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients that are able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD). Some adults may receive SNAP benefits for only 3 months in a 3 year period if they do not meet special work requirements. DPA is working cases, and is contacting individuals if they are under the ADAWD criteria.

Alaska census areas that will have the ABAWD implemented include: Aleutians East Borough, Aleutians West Borough, Anchorage, Dillingham Census Area, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Kodiak Island Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, North Slope Borough and Sitka.

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