MARCH 2022

SNAP Households Survey
March 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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March 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 5,546 of over 5M Providers users from March 1 - March 14, 2022. All respondents are EBT cardholders.

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INSIGHT 01

Borrowing and debt decreased, driven partly by users who had received tax refunds.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Far fewer users borrowed money or had debt.

52% of users reported borrowing money or using credit to cover their expenses in the past 30 days, down 14% from last month.

The decrease in borrowing was driven by users who had received tax refund:

Chart showing decrease in borrowing

Debt was down across all categories as well:

Chart showing debt down across categories

34%

of users reported spending their tax refund on paying down debt

The [tax refund] money went too quickly because all bills were so far behind. Normally I'm able to get my kids ready for summer with clothes and etc. I didn't get any of that. Rent is still behind. My car still needs work

Providers user, Ohio

This year I'm more anxious to get the refund so that I can get ahead a little bit and make sure I have some groceries in the cabinets

Providers user, Florida

 

INSIGHT 02

More Providers users paid rent on time in March, but housing insecurity has increased overall.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

However, most other measures of housing insecurity increased:

While more users paid rent on time, housing insecurity is increasing.

46% of users paid their rent on time, or already have, up 17% from last month.

This increase was also driven by users who had received a tax refund:

54%

of users who received a tax refund paid March rent on time

37%

of users who had yet to receive a tax refund paid March rent on time

12%

of users reported living in unstable housing, up 15% from last month

5%

of users reported being evicted, up 21% since from month

12%

of users reported staying in a shelter at least one night in the past 30 days, up 7% from last month

Me and my children are couch hopping at the moment because I got out of an abusive relationship. We're running out of favors and desperately need help finding housing I can afford. The shelters are full when I check in with them. I don't see things getting better for us and it's really hard.

Providers user, Florida

 

INSIGHT 03

Black users are facing disproportionately high levels of food and housing insecurity.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Black Providers users are struggling.

Black Providers users were more likely to:

  • Have lost or quit a job in the past 30 days

  • Have had work hours reduced in the past 30 days

  • Be not working and looking for work

  • Be unsure they can stay in their current housing because they can no longer afford it

  • Have had others move in with them in the past 30 days

  • Have not paid their utility bills in full

  • Have had utilities shut off

  • Not have most things they need at home

  • Have borrowed or used credit to cover expenses

  • Be carrying debt—to others, on past-due rent or mortgage, and on utilities and other bills

  • Think the money they have on hand would only last 1-2 days

Black Providers users were less likely to:

  • Feel very certain about being able to remain in their housing

  • Have paid rent on time

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