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Minnesota’s Community Living Supports. Homelessness 101 February 2014. Adult Income Support Programs. General Assistance (GA) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) MSA Housing Assistance Group Residential Housing (GRH). Child Care Assistance. Waivers. MSA. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • MINNESOTAS COMMUNITY LIVING SUPPORTS Homelessness 101February 2014

  • Adult Income Support ProgramsGeneral Assistance (GA)

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) MSA Housing Assistance

    Group Residential Housing (GRH)

  • Provide for basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, utilities, etc.GAMSAGRHSSIMSA Housing AssistanceWaiversMASupportive HousingSNAPRental AssistanceChild Care AssistanceMFIPEnergy AssistanceSSDILocal Programs

  • The DHS Combined Manual

  • Applying for public benefit programs Combined Application Form (CAF)ApplyMN (https://applymn.dhs.mn.gov)In-person or telephone interview may be requiredCash and Food Support benefits are paid on EBT card; GRH is paid to a vendor on the clients behalfApplicants 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

  • 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 2013Maximum monthly benefit is $203 (individual) $260 for a couple, $250 for minor not living with parent

  • 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 afterSelf-Sufficiency Account (residents of GRH/IRT)Work expense deduction Assets less than $1,000Excluding 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

  • GA Bases of EligibilityPermanent 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

  • GA Bases of EligibilityPerforming Court Ordered Services (prevented from working at least 4 hours/day)Learning DisabilityWomen In Battered Womens 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 time)Under age 18 and not members of a familyDrug/Alcohol Addiction (medically certified as material factor in disability)Displaced Homemaker Full Time Student

  • GA: Other ThingsEligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as Food Support or Food Stamps) GA is paid on an EBT cardMust apply for all other potential benefitsMonthly reporting required if earned incomeReport changes within 10 daysAnnual recertification

  • Emergency General Assistance (EGA)Emergency financial assistanceEmergency need that threatens health or safetyNet income under 200% FPG previous yearCannot exceed 30 daysCan be used only once in 12 monthsAnnual county allocationAid is subject to availability of fundsAid available could be up to amount needed to resolve emergency, based on availability of funds

  • SSI & SSDISupplemental 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 anothers earnings record.

  • SSI Maximum Monthly Benefit$721 (in 2014, individual)

    ($1,082 for an eligible couple)

    Known as Federal Benefit Rate or FBR

  • 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

  • MSA Eligibility CriteriaMust be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or would be except for excess income

    If not receiving SSI must beAge 65 or olderBlind, orDisabled

  • MSA Special NeedsSpecial Diets Restaurant MealsGuardian/Conservator FeesRepresentative Payee Home RepairsHousehold Furnishings & Appliances

  • MSA Housing Assistance EligibilityMust be:Eligible for MSA (or would be upon discharge from institution), andUnder age 65 (grandfathering allowed), andRelocating from institution, orEligible for self-directed supports (CDCS), orWaiver recipient living in their own place Monthly shelter costs must exceed 40% of gross monthly incomeMust apply for subsidized housing

  • Group Residential HousingIncome 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

  • Group Residential HousingGRH Housing Rate (Room & Board, Rate 1, Base Rate, MSA Equivalent Rate)$877 maximum per monthPays for Rent, Utilities, FoodNOT services, clothing, medical costsIndividuals pay their countable income first, then GRH pays the remainder

  • Group Residential HousingEligibility for GRH Housing RateAt least 18 years oldandMeet a Basis of Eligibility for SSIorMeet a Basis of Eligibility for GA

  • Group Residential HousingEligibility for GRH Housing RateIncome: Less than $972/monthAssets: SSI Basis of Eligibility: $2,000GA Basis of Eligibility: $1,000 (can add $2,000 for those with a self-sufficiency savings account)

  • Group Residential HousingGRH Supplemental Service Rate (Service Rate, Rate 2)$482.84 (or higher if Legislature authorized an exception)Only if not eligible for waiver/PCA services Only certain settings are eligibleMoratorium on new service rate GRH beds (unless Housing First)

  • John PetroskasMN Department of Human Services651-431-5644John.Petroskas@state.mn.usDhs.adultincomesupport@state.mn.us

  • OTHER RESOURCESWWW.DHS.STATE.MN.US Click People We Serve > Adults > Economic SupportsApplymn.dhs.mn.gov apply online for cash programs, childcare, emergency help, and food supportSenior Linkage Line1-800-333-2433Disability Linkage Line (www.DB101.org)1-866-333-2466