Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 12,125 and the persons rose by 24,931 in June 2009. MANG and NAFS cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,415,236 (2,562,035 persons), up 8.3 percent from year-earlier totals.


Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 568 case (1,801 person) increase left a total 28,479 families (67,530 persons) receiving TANF benefits in June 2009. The caseload was 5.8 percent higher than the June 2008 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 2,374 "0" grant cases (6,616 persons) included this month, up 80 cases and up (195 persons) from May 2009.
  • * TANF- Basic: TANF-basic (primarily single-parent families) rose by 534 cases (1,653 persons) to 28,045 cases (65,710 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-person cases increased by 34 (persons increased by 148) for a total of 434 cases (1,820 persons) in June 2009.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in June 2009 rose by 1,258 to a total of 7,398. New applications and re-applications rose. Receipts included: 6,285 applications for the basic sector and 1,113 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,019 applications pending for the combined program this month an increase of 183 applications over May levels.
  • Approvals  There were 2,118 assistance approvals this month, including 1,449 new grants (up 158 from May 2009) and 669 reinstatements ( up 144 ). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.
  • Reasons for Case Openings
  • There were 1,937 June 2009 TANF openings for which reasons were available, up 136 from the May level. This total includes 1,885 cases from the basic sector and 52 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for opening cases included the following:
Reasons for Case Openings
REASONS FOR CASE OPENINGS

% OF TOTAL CASE

OPENINGS

Reinstatements after remedying previous non-cooperation 2.3
Living below agency standards 80.4
Loss of employment 0.8
Loss of other benefits 2.1
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 4.4
Loss of unemployment benefits 4.6
All other reasons 5.3

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 1,590 June 2009 TANF case closings - up by 64 cases from May. This total includes 1,548 cases from the basic sector and 42 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS % OF TOTAL CASE CLOSINGS
Earned Income 29.3
Other Financial 6.0
Non-compliance* 36.6
Non-Financial 28.1

*44 cases canceled in May 2009 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by

June 2009 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.


Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of June 2009 AABD cases was down 333 or 1.1 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The decline was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases decreased by 194 or 0.8 percent from June 2008 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD decreased by 7 in June 2009, to a total of 29,280. This total includes 5,913 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 111 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,256 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status fell by 2 to 1,711.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 5 to 27,569.

Medical Assistance -- No Grant

Family Health Plans clients were primarily responsible for an increase of 6,862 cases and an increase of 17,164 persons counted as receiving Medical Assistance in June 2009. This resulted in a program total of 1,154,891 cases (2,206,547 persons). ·

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 82 percent of total cases and 86 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 5.6 percent from their June 2008 levels, when they represented 84 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 5,771 to 693,313 in June 2009.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 1,132 to 408,178 one-person cases. This total includes 159,864 cases for whom Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made and 32,611 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 66,623.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 53,400 children during this time period.

Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 7,966 one-person cases in June 2009. This is a 77 case increase from last month and a 7.1 percent increase from June 2008 totals. 
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants decreased by 13 to total of 299. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA: In Downstate counties, June 2009 TA one-person cases totaled 325.This is a fall of 101 cases from last month and a 20.9 percent decrease from year-earlier counts.

Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  • In June 2009, a total of 839 families ( 1,167 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 3 family decrease and a 7 person decrease. The number of families aided by F&CA was increased by 22 from the June 2008 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in June 2009 totaled 19 ( 22 persons).The number of cases was down by 1 from June 2008.

Applications -- All Programs

In June 2009, application receipts for all programs excluding Food Stamps increased by 8,107 to a total of 70,788. This count includes: 56,905 applications for Medical Assistance, 7,398 for TANF, 5,186 for AABD grants, and 1,299 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. Food Stamp applications received through Intake and Income increased by 23,116 to 140,473.


Food Stamps

  • Food Stamps were issued to 702,564 Illinois Households in June 2009. Of this total, 508,783 Households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 193,781 additional Households not receiving other Public Assistance, which received Non-Assistance Food Stamps (NAFS) administered by the Department of Human Services.

AllKids (KidCare)

  • KidCare, which began in January 1998, extends Medical coverage by expanding income eligibility standards (based upon the Federal Poverty Level) for pregnant women, infants born to Medical-eligible pregnant women, and certain other children under the age of 19.
  • Between January 5, 1998 and June 1, 2009 a total of 108,129 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 5,480 in the Moms and Babies program and 102,649 in the Assist program.
  • Cases ineligible for Medicaid due to excess income may be eligible for KidCare Phase II. October 1998 was the first month of enrollment. Phase II also requires co-pays and sometimes premiums. KidCare Share and KidCare Premium provide essentially the same benefits as Medical Assistance. A total of 35,196 Share and 30,335 Premium persons had enrolled by June 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children . Rebate persons totaled 1,099.

Child Care

Child Care services are available to families with income below 50 percent of the state median. Families must be working or enrolled in approved education or training activities. Families cost-share with co-payments based on income, family size and number of children in care. Services are delivered through a certificate program and a site-administered contract system. 

  • The Certificate Program eligibility is determined by resource and referral agencies. Parents choose subsidized full or part-time care from any legal care provider that meets their needs. Providers include child-care centers, family homes, group child-care homes and in-home and relative care. In June 2009, 164,624 children were served by certificate. ·
  • The Site-Administered Contract Program serves families through a statewide network of contracted licensed centers and family homes. Families apply for care directly with the contracted providers and eligibility is determined on-site by the provider. In June 2009, 9,964 (estimated) children were served by contract. ·
  • The Migrant Head Start Program provides child care and health and social services for preschool children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Services are provided by local community based agencies. The program is federally funded and serves approximately 450 children during the harvest season.

Emergency Food, Shelter and Support

Homeless families and individuals receive food, shelter and support services through local not-for-profit organizations. A "continuum of care"includes emergency and transitional housing and assistance in gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

  • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program gives immediate services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless. During January - March 2009, 4,584 individuals in 3,419 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 944,507 meals from January - March 2009 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 1,801,616 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During January - March 2009, 2,761 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In January - March 2009, 270,079 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.

Refugee And Immigrant Outreach

  • The Refugee and Immigrant Citizenship Initiative funds the provision of English language, civics and U.S. History instruction as well as application services. During January - March 2009, 2,380 clients received instruction and 668 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 761 clients during October 2008 - January 2009 trimester, with 215 entering employment, 127 of whom received health benefits and an average of $9.50 a hour, while 103 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 781 refugees were screened for the October 2008- January 2009 trimester.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the January - March 2009 period, 15,875 clients received case management, 3,031 received interpreter service and 9,439 received translation service.
  • During the January - March 2009 quarter, the four suburban health clinics served 7,770 uninsured immigrants.

Social Service Block Grants

Service funding is provided through the Federal Title XX Social Services Block Grant to manage and monitor contracts which help customers achieve economic self-support and prevent or remedy abuse and neglect.

  • Crisis Nurseries served 173 Adults and 190 Children and handled 142 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the January - March 2009 quarter.
  • The Donated Funds Initiative aided 10,714 Adults and 5,683 Children during the January - March 2009 quarter. Among those served were 2,775 Senior Citizens and 5,790 who were Developmentally Disabled or Mentally Ill.

Fiscal Year 2009 -- Summary of Cases and Persons As of June 2009

Program Cases Persons
TANF-MAG (PAYMENT CASES) 26,105 60,914
AABD-MAG (ST SUPP PYMTS) 27,569 27,569
TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE:
  • CHICAGO
7, 966* 7, 966*
  • DOWNSTATE
325 325
FAMILY & CHILDRENS'ASSISTANCE:
  • CHICAGO
839 1,167
  • DOWNSTATE
19 22
ZERO GRANTS:
  • TANF
2,374 6,616
  • AABD
1,711 1,711
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 693,313 1,744,969
AABD-MANG 408,178 408,178
NON-ASSISTANCE FOOD STAMPS 193,781 249,545
FOSTER CARE 53,400 53,400
REFUGEES:
  • MAG
515 518
  • MANG
172 172
TOTAL 1,416,267 2,563,072

Note: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children effective July 1, 1997. Programs terminated in this change comprised AFDC-MAG,AFDC "0" grants, AFDC-MANG, and Medical Extensions(AFDC)

*P3 persons in Chicago, formerly reported in the AABD-MAG program, are now included in the Transitional Assistance Chicago programs. These numbered 299 in June 2009

Information provided by the Division of Human Capital Development, Bureau of Research & Analysis, July 2009