AUSTIN — Texas Health and Human Services Commission says applicants for food stamp will no longer have to self-correct errors on their forms after a transgender woman struggled to get access to the benefits, The Dallas Morning News has learned.
Stephanie Todd, a 39-year-old trans woman living in Dallas, applied for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in November after losing her job. Todd, who recently changed her name, said she updated the information on her identifying documents more than nine months earlier.
But the form HHSC sent to verify her employment included her previous name. Todd called the agency and said she was first told to let the form expire and then reapply again.
“I can’t do that. I’m going to starve to death if I don’t get some help,” Todd said she told the agency representative.