APRIL 2022

SNAP Households Survey
April Results

Providers is a free mobile app that helps over 5 million low-income families manage their SNAP benefits. To understand how the circumstances in the lives of Providers users are changing, we have been conducting surveys each month.

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April 2022 key findings

The following insights come from a 10-minute multiple choice and open response survey conducted by Providers to a random sample of 3,676 of over 5M Providers users from April 1 - April 14, 2022. All respondents are EBT cardholders.

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INSIGHT 01

Eviction and shelter stays have reached new highs.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

More Providers households than ever report eviction or staying in a shelter in the past 30 days

6.33%

of users reported being evicted in the past month, a 20% increase from March

Eviction Rate

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The percentage of users staying in a shelter in the last month rose to an all time high, at 4.9%, an 11% increase from March.

We unfortunately got evicted and downgraded from a home to a room. Everything I had saved I just gave away because I can't not afford to get storage to save it. I dropped it off at a location I know would help a few homeless people. My in-laws have also helped by taking myself and my children in temporary till we find a home. With rent being horrible right now this temp stay will probably be longer then expected.

Providers user, California

 

INSIGHT 02

Paying rent on time decreased from a March peak.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

The increase in Providers users paying rent on time was short lived.

The portion of users paying April rent on time dropped by 3%, and is 7% lower than in April 2021.

Paying rent on time

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Black and Latinx respondents were much more likely to pay rent late:

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The percentage of users in need who have received rental assistance since the start of the pandemic has stagnated at 34% since January 2022.

 

INSIGHT 03

55% of Providers users have filed taxes as of April 14 and 68% of these have received a tax refund.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

At the close of tax season, 55% of Providers users had filed taxes and 68% of these have received their refund.

The majority of users who have filed taxes have received a tax refund.

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Most Providers users reported spending their refunds on:

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*Users could select multiple choices

The money I got went quickly because everything is so much more expensive. I don't know how I'm going to make it on [until] I get paid.

Providers user, Ohio

I actually received money back for taking care of my child and was able to put money towards paying down debt

Providers user, Wisconsin

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