Despite major progress in recent years, only 42% of eligible seniors participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2015. The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP)—a federal demonstration program currently operating in eight states–is a collection of policy and process changes that can dramatically streamline enrollment of low-income seniors into SNAP.

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) and NCOA recently collaborated to produce this advocate’s guide to educate state-based aging and anti-hunger advocates about the project and suggest ways they can engage their state agency leaders to create ESAPs. The guide includes information about:

  • The different process and policy changes that comprise the Elder Simplified Application Project
  • Results to date regarding how ESAPs succeed in improving customer service, administrative efficiency, and SNAP participation rates
  • Lessons learned by the states that have implemented the project
  • A typical ESAP demonstration approval and renewal process, and areas where advocates are best positioned to contribute