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1 Community Living Supports Programs John Petroskas Minnesota Department of human services January 28, 2015
2 Outline Adult Income Programs General Assistance (GA) Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)MSA Housing AssistanceSOAR/SSI Advocacy programsGroup Residential Housing (GRH)Long-Term Homeless Supportive Service FundMoving Home Minnesota
3 General AssistanceGeneral Assistance (GA) is Minnesota’s primary safety net for single adults and childless couples.Average monthly caseload of 23,216 persons received GA in 2013Maximum Monthly Benefit: $203 ($260 for a couple)
4 Who is eligible for GA?14 categories of eligibilityMust have permanent or temporary illness, injury, or incapacity which is expected to continue for more than 30 days and which prevents the person from obtaining or retaining employment.Must have statement signed by a “qualified professional” (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, etc.)
5 GA INCOME/ASSET LIMITS No more than $203 in income (after subtracting certain disregards)No more than $1,000 in assetsRecipient must apply for SSI/SSDI within 30 days if they appear to be eligible
6 Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) MSA provides a monthly cash supplement to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment Monthly benefit is $81 ($111 for a couple) Average monthly caseload of 30,000 people receiving MSA in 2013 (while over 75,000 Minnesotans aged receive SSI and are potentially eligible for MSA)
8 MSA Housing Assistance Eligibility Basis of eligibility:Over age 18 (or under 18 and blind), andUnder age 65 (grandfathering allowed), andReceiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), ORCountable income under $971 and age 65 or older, or blind, or certified disabledRemember, this is an income supplement, so we need to establish your income to know how much to supplementWhat is countable income?What kind of deductions make my countable income lower?How is a disability certified?
9 MSA Housing Assistance Eligibility And…Have monthly housing costs (rent and utilities) more than 40% of gross monthly income (not including MSA cash assistance).Definition of institutionHow do I verify my housing costs?
10 MSA Housing Assistance Eligibility And either…Be relocating from institution (hospital, RTC inpatient services, a nursing facility, or an ICF-DD) or an intensive residential mental health treatment program, ORBe eligible for Personal Care Assistance (PCA) services, ORBe receiving waivered servicesDefinition of institution is…Talk about eligible for vs. receiving
11 MSA Housing Assistance Eligibility And…Apply for rental assistance, if applicableUnless you own your own home or are ineligible (i.e., felony)If waiting list is closed, sign DHS-6351 form saying you’ll apply if it opensYou don’t have to moveDo I have to apply for subsidized housing? What if the waiting list is closed? What if I don’t want to move?Yes, if you receive a rental assistance voucher, you will only pay 30% of your income, which is better than 40%.You don’t have to apply for rental assistance if you own your own home or are ineligible (i.e., felony).If the waiting list is closed, the county has a form to sign saying you’ll apply if it opens.You don’t have to move. We don’t require you to move into public housing, but instead that you would receive a voucher (like Section 8) that could be used in the setting you choose.
12 Typical MSA Housing Assistance Benefit $733 SSI Federal Benefit Rate + 81 MSA Cash Assistance +189 MSA Housing Assistance $1,003 Total Income + Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
13 SOAR InitiativeSOAR = SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and RecoveryGoal: Increase access to SSI/SSDI for people who are homeless and have a mental illness (SOAR) or are using state benefit programs (SSI Advocacy). DHS contracts with agencies to provide SOAR & SSI Advocacy services, and trains those who work with people experiencing homelessness to prepare successful applications for SSI/SSDI.
14 Group Residential Housing (GRH) Individual income supplement to purchase “room and board”GRH can pay for services in some casesGoal is to prevent or reduce institutional residence or homelessnessGRH is a unique income supplement in that it is not paid directly to the recipient
15 Facts about grhGRH is entirely state-funded, but is administered by countiesNearly 20,000 people/month receive GRHThe total cost of GRH in FY2013 was $130,000,000Average GRH payment is approximately $545/month
16 Types of GRH HousinGAdult Foster Care (4104) - Nearly half of people receiving GRH live in adult foster careBoard and Lodge (235)Board and Lodge w/ Special Services (282)Supervised Living Facility (56)Non-Certified Boarding Care (16)Housing w/ Services Establishment (520)Housing w/ Services Est. - Homeless (372)Metro Demo (15)Address, primary designation, 5600 total
17 Eligibility for GRHEligibility for GRH Housing RateMeet a Basis of Eligibility for SSI (blind, over age 65, or disabled)orMeet a Basis of Eligibility for GA
18 INCOME/asset Eligibility Eligibility for GRH Housing RateCountable Income: Less than maximum benefit (the rate paid to the GRH setting)Assets:SSI Basis of Eligibility: $2,000GA Basis of Eligibility: $1,000 (additional $2,000 with Earned Income Savings account)
19 GRH Housing Requirements Must be Licensed or RegisteredMN Department of Health, orMN Department of Human Services, orTribal GovernmentMust have GRH Agreement with County
20 Rent, Utilities, Food, Household Supplies GRH Housing Rate$876, effective 7/1/14 ($28.80/day)Rent, Utilities, Food, Household SuppliesAnything left: Other things necessary to provide room and boardNOT services, clothing, medical costs
21 GRH Supplemental Service Rate $482.84, effective 7/1/13 (or higher if Legislature has authorized exception)Supportive Services (required)Assistance with transportation,Arranging meetings and appointments,Arranging medical and social services,Medication reminders, andUp to 24-hour supervisionHealth Supervision (optional)27% of GRH clients receive SSR
22 Program uniformity changes Changes passed by 2014 legislature will affect all DHS cash assistance programs.Effective June 1, 2016, a single asset limit of $10,000 will be used across programs.Effective October 1, 2015, a single earned income disregard will be used – first $65 of earned income and 50% of any remaining income thereafter.
23 LTH Supportive Services Grants Nearly $12,000,000 budget in FY2014Funds services such as case management, utility bill assistance, transportation assistance, and crisis intervention.Services are delivered by multi-county and tribal collaboratives, through local nonprofits and government entities.Served about 1,500 households in FY % in the seven-county metro area, with the remaining 75% in greater Minnesota.
24 Moving home minnesotaMinnesota’s version of the federal Money Follows the Person initiative, which provides services and funding to help people leave health care facilities.Federal demonstration project started in five years with possibility of extensionMulti-divisional project at DHS. Community Living Supports has the housing staff person.MN Housing received HUD 811 project-based rental subsidies – half are targeted to MHM participants and half to long term homeless persons with severe mental illness
25 resourcesUpdated rules for all DHS cash assistance programs can be found in the MN DHS Combined Manual:Other DHS programs, like health care and child care, have their own manuals:All MN DHS forms are available on eDOCS:
26 Questions?GA/MSA: Beth Grube SOAR: Barbara Williams GRH: John Petroskas LTH SSR: Pat Leary MHM: Karen Peed HUD 811: Heidi Sandberg
27 Homeless Program Funding MN Department of Human ServicesOffice of Economic Opportunity
28 Learning Goals Which homeless grants are awarded through OEO. How much funding is available for each grant.What types of programs and populations are eligible for each grant.How to apply for funding.
29 Presenter’s Goals To make this the TED Talk of Funder presentations… To make this the Funder presentation that you will tell your grandkids about…Okay, to not put anyone to sleep.
30 The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Founded in 1965 as part of War on PovertyDesigned to address both consequences and causes of poverty.Goals include improving the economic and social well-being of recipients.The Office also includes SNAP Outreach and Education, Farmer’s Market SNAP Access, Food Programs/TEFP, Community Action (CSBG)
31 OEO Homeless Program Staff Francie MathesIsaac WengerdDina ChouTom BalsleyAndrea Simonett
33 OEO ProgramsOverall, OEO distributes approximately $19.2 million in homeless funding each biennium.General Eligibility: Homeless
34 OEO Programs Grants Emergency Solutions Grant Balance of State FederalShelter—$2.4 MillionRe-housing—$1.2 Million…can fluctuate annually.Emergency Services Program (ESP)State, $1.1 MillionState Transitional Housing Program (STHP)State $6.3 MillionHomeless Youth Act (HYA)State, $6.2 MillionSafe HarborState, $2 Million
35 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) FederalProvides funding:Emergency Shelter ($2.4): To meet the operating and service costs associated with the provision of emergency shelter to homeless peopleApplication open to all areas of StateRe-Housing ($1.2): Short to medium-term rental subsidies and stabilization services for persons leaving the streets, emergency shelter or temporary living arrangements.Balance of State (Non-Entitlement Areas*)*Hennepin County, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, St. Louis County, Dakota County
36 Emergency Services Program State, $1.1 MillionFunds the operating and service costs of overnight shelters, motel vouchers and day shelters for the homeless, as well as essential services to homeless children, families and individuals.
37 State Transitional Housing Program State, $6.3 MillionProvides rental subsidies and supportive services to homeless individuals and families to attain and maintain stable housing.Participants are required to pay at least 25% of their household income for rent, and program stay is limited to 24 months.New requirement for State THP grantees: 3 month evaluations.Length and depth of rental subsidies should allow individuals and families to obtain or increase employment, earned income and/or necessary education and training for greater sufficiency.Eligible Models: Scattered-Site, Site-Based, Master Leasing, Tenant- Based Leasing
38 Homeless Youth Act State, $6.2 Million Provides funding to non-profits and Tribal Governments to provideStreet outreachDrop-in center programsEmergency shelterYouth supportive housingThis includes prevention, transitional living program, and permanent supportive housing)
39 Safe Harbor State, $2 Million Provides funding for a new set of programming specific to sex trafficked minors through specialized emergency shelter, transitional living, youth supportive housing programs and specialized foster care.
40 How to apply for OEO funds Consolidated, competitive RFP every two years.Next RFP will be released in late February 2015.Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local units of government and tribal governments.Application is structured to allow agencies to apply for funding for specific homeless activities, such as emergency shelter or transitional housing.Format changing for 2015Criteria: Program Capacity, Design, Revenue and BudgetAlso consider Geographic Location, Previous Performance
42 Minnesota Housing Heading Home Hennepin January 28, 2015 Brown Bag Lunch SeriesMinnesota HousingJanuary 28, 2015
43 Our Mission:Minnesota Housing finances affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households while fostering strong communities.Please keep this slide on all presentations.Introduce Minnesota Housing by explaining what we do: Minnesota Housing provides access to safe, decent and affordable housing and builds stronger communities across the state. It has a national reputation as one of the finest housing finance agencies in the country and has built an enduring alliance among partners in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors to achieve its mission.Minnesota Housing offers products and services to help Minnesotans buy and fix up their homes and to stabilize neighborhoods, communities and families. It also supports the development and preservation of affordable rental housing through both financing and long term asset management. It has pioneered a successful model for supportive housing that helps stabilize the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
44 Minnesota Housing Overview Single FamilyMultifamily:Production: Underwriters, Architects, ClosersAsset Management: PBCA, TC, ComplianceSupportive Housing: Grants, Community, CapitalOperations: Business Support, Data Management, Training
45 Supportive Housing Grant Programs Bridges and Rental AssistanceHousing Trust Fund, State Appropriations, agency fundsFamily Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)State Appropriations,Operating SubsidyState Appropriations, agency funds
46 Supportive Housing Community Collaboration Continuum of CareHomeless Management Information System (HMIS)Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH) and partnerships with state agenciesNote: The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Olmstead Implementation Office are NOT a function under Minnesota Housing.
47 Supportive Housing Capital Permanent Supportive HousingTend to be focused populations100% supportive housingHousing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB) and other State AppropriationsSupportive Housing OfficersLong Term Homeless unitsTend to be within larger development (i.e. 4 units)Housing Tax Credits and other State AppropriationsNote: Minnesota Housing does not provide NEW rental assistance, operating subsidy, or service funding.
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