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1 MINNESOTA’S COMMUNITY LIVING SUPPORTS Homelessness 101 February 2014

2 Adult Income Support Programs General Assistance (GA) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) MSA Housing Assistance Group Residential Housing (GRH)

3 Provide for basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, utilities, etc. GA MSA GRH SSI MSA Housing Assistance Waivers MA Supportive Housing SNAP Rental Assistance Child Care Assistance MFIP Energy Assistance SSDI Local Programs

4 The DHS Combined Manual

5 Applying for public benefit programs Combined Application Form (CAF) ApplyMN (https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov)https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov In-person or telephone interview may be required Cash and Food Support benefits are paid on EBT card; GRH is paid to a vendor on the client’s behalf Applicants who appear to be eligible for SSI must sign an interim assistance agreement (DHS 1795) SSI reimburses the state for any GA or GRH received during retroactive SSI eligibility

6 General Assistance (GA) Primary safety net for single adults and childless couples who are unable to provide for themselves Average monthly caseload of 23,100 in 2013 Maximum monthly benefit is $203 (individual) $260 for a couple, $250 for minor not living with parent

7 GA Eligibility Criteria Income less than $203/month or $260/month for a couple after deductions and disregards: Earned income disregard $50/month (everyone); 1:1 reduction after Self-Sufficiency Account (residents of GRH/IRT) Work expense deduction Assets less than $1,000 Excluding things like the home in which the person lives, personal property, one burial space, burial accounts up to $1,000, vehicle valued up to $1,500 and property essential for self-support

8 GA Bases of Eligibility Permanent or temporary illness (medical opinion form) Placement In A Facility (often GRH) Unemployable (vocational assessment) Developmental Disability or Mental Illness (qualified professional) Advanced Age (55 or older) SSDI/SSI Application/Appeal Pending

9 GA Bases of Eligibility Performing Court Ordered Services (prevented from working at least 4 hours/day) Learning Disability Women In Battered Women’s Shelter (Department of Public Safety contract) Caring For Another Person (no one else able) English Not Primary Language (over 18 & in high school at least ½ time) Under age 18 and not members of a family Drug/Alcohol Addiction (medically certified as material factor in disability) Displaced Homemaker Full Time Student

10 GA: Other Things Eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Support or Food Stamps) GA is paid on an EBT card Must apply for all other potential benefits Monthly reporting required if earned income Report changes within 10 days Annual recertification

11 Emergency General Assistance (EGA) Emergency financial assistance Emergency need that threatens health or safety Net income under 200% FPG previous year Cannot exceed 30 days Can be used only once in 12 months Annual county allocation Aid is subject to availability of funds Aid available could be up to amount needed to resolve emergency, based on availability of funds

12 SSI & SSDI Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) Federal cash assistance benefit for people who are aged (over 65), blind, or disabled who have limited income and resources. The Federal Government funds SSI from general tax revenue. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Safety net for people who are blind or disabled and have worked enough quarters (and paid into the Social Security trust fund) to obtain “insured” status. Dependents may also be eligible for benefits from another’s earnings record.

13 SSI Maximum Monthly Benefit $721 (in 2014, individual) ($1,082 for an eligible couple) Known as “Federal Benefit Rate” or FBR

14 Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Monthly cash supplement to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment Average monthly caseload of 30,350 persons receiving MSA in 2013 Maximum monthly benefit $81 (individual) ($111 for couples) Additional $ for special needs

15 MSA Eligibility Criteria Must be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or would be except for excess income If not receiving SSI must be Age 65 or older Blind, or Disabled

16 MSA Special Needs Special Diets Restaurant Meals Guardian/Conservator Fees Representative Payee Home Repairs Household Furnishings & Appliances

17 MSA Housing Assistance Eligibility  Must be: Eligible for MSA (or would be upon discharge from institution), and Under age 65 (grandfathering allowed), and Relocating from institution, or Eligible for self-directed supports (CDCS), or Waiver recipient living in their own place  Monthly shelter costs must exceed 40% of gross monthly income  Must apply for subsidized housing

18 Group Residential Housing Income supplement paid on behalf of individuals for “room and board” in licensed or registered settings (very diverse!) GRH can pay for services in some cases More than 20,000 people use GRH monthly $130,000,000 spent on GRH in FY2013

19 Group Residential Housing GRH Housing Rate (Room & Board, Rate 1, Base Rate, MSA Equivalent Rate) $877 maximum per month Pays for Rent, Utilities, Food NOT services, clothing, medical costs Individuals pay their countable income first, then GRH pays the remainder

20 Group Residential Housing Eligibility for GRH Housing Rate At least 18 years old and Meet a Basis of Eligibility for SSI or Meet a Basis of Eligibility for GA

21 Group Residential Housing Eligibility for GRH Housing Rate Income: Less than $972/month Assets: SSI Basis of Eligibility: $2,000 GA Basis of Eligibility: $1,000 (can add $2,000 for those with a self-sufficiency savings account)

22 Group Residential Housing GRH Supplemental Service Rate (Service Rate, Rate 2) $ (or higher if Legislature authorized an exception) Only if not eligible for waiver/PCA services Only certain settings are eligible Moratorium on new service rate GRH beds (unless Housing First)

23 John Petroskas MN Department of Human Services

24 OTHER RESOURCES Click “People We Serve > Adults > Economic Supports” Applymn.dhs.mn.gov – apply online for cash programs, childcare, emergency help, and food support Senior Linkage Line Disability Linkage Line (www.DB101.org)


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