Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 8, 971 and the persons rose by 19,624 in July, 2009. MANG and NAFS cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,424,207 (2,581,659 persons), up 8.5 percent from year-earlier totals.


Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

Total TANF Benefits: A 365 case (1,318 person) increase left a total 28,844 families (68,848 persons) receiving TANF benefits in July 2009. The caseload was 7.0 percent higher than the July 2008 total.

  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 2,415 "0" grant cases (6, 815 persons) included this month, up 41 cases and up (199 persons) from June 2009.
  • * TANF- Basic: TANF-basic (primarily single-parent families) rose by 363 cases (1,342 persons) to 28,408
  • cases (67,052 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-person cases increased by 2 (persons decreased by 24) for a total of 436 cases (1,796 persons) in July 2009.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in July 2009 rose by 303 to a total of 7,701. New applications and re-applications rose. Receipts included: 6,552 applications for the basic sector and 1,149 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2, 211 applications pending for the combined program this month an increase of 192 applications over June levels.
  • Approvals  There were 2,148 assistance approvals this month, including 1 ,600 new grants (up 151 from June 2009) and 548 reinstatements ( down 121 ). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 2, 013 July 2009 TANF openings for which reasons were available, up 76 from the June level. This total includes 1, 942 cases from the basic sector and 71 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for opening cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE OPENINGS

% OF TOTAL CASE

OPENINGS

Reinstatements after remedying previous non-cooperation 2.4
Living below agency standards 80.7
Loss of employment 1.0
Loss of other benefits 2.0
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 5.1
Loss of unemployment benefits 4.7
All other reasons 4.0

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 1,761 July 2009 TANF case closings - up by 171 cases from June. This total includes 1, 699 cases from the basic sector and 62 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS

% OF TOTAL CASE

CLOSINGS

Earned Income 27.7
Other Financial 5.8
Non-compliance* 36.3
Non-Financial 30.2

*48 cases canceled in June 2009 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by July 2009 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.


Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of July 2009 AABD cases was down 309 or 1.0 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The decline was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases decreased by 151 or 0.6 percent from July 2008 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD decreased by 40 in July 2009, to a total of 29, 240. This total includes 5, 900 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 112 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,228 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status fell by 6 to 1,705.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 34 to 27, 535.

Medical Assistance -- No Grant

Family Health Plans clients were primarily responsible for an increase of 5, 839 cases and an increase of 14,363 persons counted as receiving Medical Assistance in July 2009. This resulted in a program total of 1,160,730 cases (2,220,910 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 82 percent of total cases and 86 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 5.7 percent from their July 2008 levels, when they represented 84 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 5,212 to 698,525 in July 2009.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 1,021 to 409, 199 one-person cases. This total includes 160, 388 cases for whom Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made and 32, 831 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 67,074.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 53,006 children during this time period.

Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 7, 986 one-person cases in July 2009. This is a 20 case increase from last month and a 7.5 percent increase from July 2008 totals.
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants decreased by 3 to total of 296. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA: In Downstate counties, July 2009 TA one-person cases totaled 438 .This is a rise of 113 cases from last month and a 2.1 percent increase from year-earlier counts.

Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  • In July 2009, a total of 829 families ( 1,151 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 10 family decrease and a 16 person decrease. The number of families aided by F&CA was increased by 10 from the July 2008 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in July 2009 totaled 27 ( 36 persons).The number of cases was up by 5 from July 2008.

Applications -- All Programs

In July 2009, application receipts for all programs excluding Food Stamps decreased by 759 to a total of 70,029 . This count includes: 55, 612 applications for Medical Assistance, 7,701 for TANF, 5, 342 for AABD grants, and 1,374 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. Food Stamp applications received through Intake and Income increased by 2, 931 to 143, 404.


Food Stamps

  • Food Stamps were issued to 712,041 Illinois Households in July 2009. Of this total, 515,463 Households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 196,578 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 July 1, 2009 a total of 110, 436 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 5,579 in the Moms and Babies program and 104,857 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, 015 Share and 30, 315 Premium persons had enrolled by July 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children . Rebate persons totaled 1,071.

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 July 2009, 156,542 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 July 2009, 9,665 (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 1, 248 ,032 meals from April - June 2009 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 2, 005, 806 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps famili0es 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 281 Adults and 325 Children and handled 192 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the April - June 2009 quarter.
  • The Donated Funds Initiative aided 11,321 Adults and 6,587 Children during the April - June 2009 quarter. Among those served were 3,174 Senior Citizens and 5,420 who were Developmentally Disabled or Mentally Ill.

Fiscal Year 2010, Summary of Cases and Persons as of July 2009

Program Cases Persons
TANF-MAG (PAYMENT CASES) 26,429 62, 033
AABD-MAG (ST SUPP PYMTS) 27,535 27,535
Transitional Assistance
Chicago 7, 986* 7, 986*
Downstate 438 438
Family & Childrens' Assistance
Chicago 829 1,151
Downstate 27 36
Zero Grants
TANF 2,415 6,815
AABD 1,705 1,705
Other Programs
Family Health Plans 698,525 1,758,705
AABD-MANG 409,199 409,199
Non-Assistance Food Stamps 196, 578 253,524
Foster Care 53,006 53,006
Refugees
MAG 550 551
MANG 167 167
Total 1,425, 389 2,582, 851

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 296 in July 2009

Bureau of Research & Analysis, August , 2009