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2 OUTLINE  Adult Income Programs  General Assistance (GA)  Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)  MSA Housing Assistance  SOAR/SSI Advocacy programs  Group Residential Housing (GRH)  Long-Term Homeless Supportive Service Fund  Moving Home Minnesota

3 GENERAL ASSISTANCE General Assistance (GA) is Minnesota’s primary safety net for single adults and childless couples.  Average monthly caseload of 23,216 persons received GA in 2013  Maximum Monthly Benefit: $203 ($260 for a couple)

4 WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR GA?  14 categories of eligibility  Must 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 assets  Recipient must apply for SSI/SSDI within 30 days if they appear to be eligible

6 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 18-65 receive SSI and are potentially eligible for MSA) MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID (MSA)

7  Special Diets  Restaurant Meals  Guardian/Conservator Fees  Representative Payee Fees  Home Repairs  Household Furnishings & Appliances  Housing Assistance MSA SPECIAL NEEDS

8 Basis of eligibility:  Over age 18 (or under 18 and blind), and  Under age 65 (grandfathering allowed), and  Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), OR  Countable income under $971 and age 65 or older, or blind, or certified disabled MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

9 And…  Have monthly housing costs (rent and utilities) more than 40% of gross monthly income (not including MSA cash assistance). MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

10 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, OR  Be eligible for Personal Care Assistance (PCA) services, OR  Be receiving waivered services MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

11 And…  Apply for rental assistance, if applicable  Unless 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 opens  You don’t have to move MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY

12 $733 SSI Federal Benefit Rate + 81 MSA Cash Assistance +189 MSA Housing Assistance $1,003 Total Income + Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) TYPICAL MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE BENEFIT

13 SOAR INITIATIVE SOAR = SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Goal: 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  Individual income supplement to purchase “room and board”  GRH can pay for services in some cases  Goal is to prevent or reduce institutional residence or homelessness  GRH is a unique income supplement in that it is not paid directly to the recipient GROUP RESIDENTIAL HOUSING (GRH)

15  GRH is entirely state-funded, but is administered by counties  Nearly 20,000 people/month receive GRH  The total cost of GRH in FY2013 was $130,000,000  Average GRH payment is approximately $545/month FACTS ABOUT GRH

16  Adult Foster Care (4104) - Nearly half of people receiving GRH live in adult foster care  Board 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) TYPES OF GRH HOUSING

17  Eligibility for GRH Housing Rate  Meet a Basis of Eligibility for SSI (blind, over age 65, or disabled) or  Meet a Basis of Eligibility for GA ELIGIBILITY FOR GRH

18  Eligibility for GRH Housing Rate  Countable Income: Less than maximum benefit (the rate paid to the GRH setting)  Assets:  SSI Basis of Eligibility: $2,000  GA Basis of Eligibility: $1,000 (additional $2,000 with Earned Income Savings account) INCOME/ASSET ELIGIBILITY

19  GRH Housing Requirements  Must be Licensed or Registered  MN Department of Health, or  MN Department of Human Services, or  Tribal Government  Must have GRH Agreement with County GRH HOUSING REQUIREMENTS

20  $876, effective 7/1/14 ($28.80/day)  Rent, Utilities, Food, Household Supplies  Anything left: Other things necessary to provide room and board  NOT services, clothing, medical costs GRH HOUSING RATE

21  $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, and  Up to 24-hour supervision  Health Supervision (optional) GRH SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE RATE

22 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. PROGRAM UNIFORMITY CHANGES

23  Nearly $12,000,000 budget in FY2014  Funds 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 FY2014 -- 25% in the seven-county metro area, with the remaining 75% in greater Minnesota. LTH SUPPORTIVE SERVICES GRANTS

24 Minnesota’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 2012 -- five years with possibility of extension  Multi-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 MOVING HOME MINNESOTA

25 Updated 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: RESOURCES

26 GA/MSA: Beth Grube 651-431-3839 SOAR: Barbara Williams 651-431-2156 GRH: John Petroskas 651-431-5644 LTH SSR: Pat Leary 651-431-3834 MHM: Karen Peed 651-431-2511 HUD 811: Heidi Sandberg 651-431-6357 QUESTIONS?

27 MN Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity

28  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  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  Founded in 1965 as part of War on Poverty  Designed 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  Francie Mathes  Isaac Wengerd  Dina Chou  Tom Balsley  Andrea Simonett

32 Bird A Bird B

33  Overall, OEO distributes approximately $19.2 million in homeless funding each biennium.  General Eligibility: Homeless

34  Grants ◦ Emergency Solutions Grant Balance of State  Federal  Shelter—$2.4 Million  Re-housing—$1.2 Million…can fluctuate annually. ◦ Emergency Services Program (ESP)  State, $1.1 Million ◦ State Transitional Housing Program (STHP)  State $6.3 Million ◦ Homeless Youth Act (HYA)  State, $6.2 Million ◦ Safe Harbor  State, $2 Million

35  Federal  Provides funding: ◦ Emergency Shelter ($2.4): To meet the operating and service costs associated with the provision of emergency shelter to homeless people  Application open to all areas of State ◦ Re-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  State, $1.1 Million  Funds 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, $6.3 Million  Provides 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  State, $6.2 Million  Provides funding to non-profits and Tribal Governments to provide ◦ Street outreach ◦ Drop-in center programs ◦ Emergency shelter ◦ Youth supportive housing  This includes prevention, transitional living program, and permanent supportive housing)

39  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  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 2015  Criteria: Program Capacity, Design, Revenue and Budget ◦ Also consider Geographic Location, Previous Performance

41 Contact Info: Tom Balsley 651-431-3823

42 42 Heading Home Hennepin Brown Bag Lunch Series Minnesota Housing January 28, 2015

43 43 Our Mission: Minnesota Housing finances affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households while fostering strong communities.

44 44 Minnesota Housing Overview Single Family Multifamily: – Production: Underwriters, Architects, Closers – Asset Management: PBCA, TC, Compliance – Supportive Housing: Grants, Community, Capital – Operations: Business Support, Data Management, Training

45 45 Supportive Housing Grant Programs Bridges and Rental Assistance – Housing Trust Fund, State Appropriations, agency funds Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) – State Appropriations, Operating Subsidy – State Appropriations, agency funds

46 46 Supportive Housing Community Collaboration Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH) and partnerships with state agencies Note: The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Olmstead Implementation Office are NOT a function under Minnesota Housing.

47 47 Supportive Housing Capital Permanent Supportive Housing – Tend to be focused populations – 100% supportive housing – Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB) and other State Appropriations – Supportive Housing Officers Lo ng Term Homeless units – Tend to be within larger development (i.e. 4 units) – Housing Tax Credits and other State Appropriations – Supportive Housing Officers Note: Minnesota Housing does not provide NEW rental assistance, operating subsidy, or service funding.

48 48 For More Information Contact: Joel Salzer 651.296.9828


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