A Monthly Public Assistance Update from the
Illinois Department of Human Services
September 2010

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 40,663 (129,084 persons) in September 2010.  Non-Assistance SNAP cases were primarily responsible for the increase.  Aided cases numbered 1,584,019 (2,935,901 persons), up 9.8 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits:  An 861 case (2,451 person) increase left a total 36,773 families (90,888 persons) receiving TANF benefits in September.  The caseload was 24.5 percent higher than the September 2009 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases:  There were 2,662 "0" grant cases (7,571 persons) included this month, up 144 cases (450 persons) from September 2010.
  • TANF-Basic:  TANF-basic (primarily single-parent) families rose by 845 cases (2,398 persons) to 36,006 cases (87,708 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases:  Two-parent cases increased by 36 (53 persons) to a total of 787 cases (3,180 persons) in September 2010.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications:  The number of TANF applications received in September fell by 1,110 to a total of 9,206.  Both new applications and re-applications decreased.  Receipts included:  7,976 applications for the basic sector and 1,230 applications for the two-parent sector.  There were 2,556 applications pending for the combined program this month, an increase of 80 applications over August levels.
  • Approvals:  There were 3,189 assistance approvals this month, including 2,197 new grants (down 455 from August 2010) and 992 reinstatements (down 76).  A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 3,600 September 2010 TANF openings for which reasons were available, down 401 from the August level.  This total includes 3,434 cases from the basic sector and 166 cases from the two-parent sector.  Reasons for opening cases included the following:

Reasons for Case Openings % of Total Case Openings
Reinstatement after remedying previous non-cooperation 1.3
Living below agency standards 83.1
Loss of employment 1.2
Loss of other benefits 1.7
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 5.1
Loss of unemployment benefits 3.3
All other reasons 4.2


Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 2,430 September 2010 TANF case closings - up by 125 cases from August.  This total includes 2,302 cases from the basic sector and 128 cases from the two-parent sector.  Reasons for closing cases included the following:

Reasons for Case Closings % of Total Case Closings
Earned Income 33.5
Other Financial 6.4
Non-compliance* 29.2
Non-financial 30.8

*48 cases canceled in August 2010 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by September 2010 after complying.  These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of September 2010 AABD cases was up 33 or 0.1 percent from the number of cases a year earlier.  The increase was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases rose by 215, or 0.9 percent, from September 2009 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases:  One-person cases receiving grants through AABD rose by 10 in September, to a total of 29,301.  This total includes 5,716 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 113 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,470 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status:  Persons in "0" grant status fell by 7 to 1,672.
  • State Supplemental Payments:  Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were up 17 to 27,629.

Medical Assistance - No Grant

Family Health Plans clients were primarily responsible for an increase of 3,344 cases (6,957 persons) counted as receiving Medical Assistance in September 2010.  This resulted in a program total of 1,231,592 cases (2,376,016 persons).

  • MANG:  MANG recipients represent 78 percent of total cases and 81 percent of total persons.  MANG cases increased 503 percent from their September 2009 levels, when they represented 81 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans:  Families increased by 1,415 to 750,611 in September 2010.
  • AABD Clients:  AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 1,913 to 430,928 one-person cases.  This total includes 160,180 cases for which Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made, and 33,870 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage.  AABD Group Care clients totaled 67,753.
  • Foster Care:  Foster Care Assistance aided 50,053 children during this time period.


Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA:  TA grants were made to 8,873 one-person cases in September 2010.  This is a 79 case increase from last month and a 10.5 percent increase over September 2009 totals.
  • P3 Cases:  The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants rose by 2 to a total of 300.  These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA:  In Downstate counties, September TA one-person cases totaled 282.  This is a rise of 8 cases from last month and a 1.7 percent decrease from year-earlier counts.

Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  • In September 2010, a total of 872 families (1,192 persons) received F&CA grants.  This was an 8 family (17 person) increase.  The number of families aided by F&CA increased by 43 from the September 2009 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in September totaled 19 (25 persons).  The number of cases was down 1 from September 2009.

Applications - All Programs

  • In September 2010, application receipts for all programs excluding SNAP decreased by 5,011 to a total of 69,421.  This count includes:  52,403 applications for Medical Assistance, 9,206 for TANF, 5,142 for AABD grants, and 2,670 for TA/F&CA in Chicago.  SNAP applications received through Intake and Income Maintenance increased by 18,778 to 194,671.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP Assistance was given to 849,263 Illinois households in September 2010.  Of this total, 572,653 households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 276,610 additional households not receiving other Public Assistance, which receive Non-Assistance SNAP 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 September 1, 2010 a total of 123,450 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility.  Included in this total are 6,792 in the Moms and Babies program and 116,658 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 31,778 Share and 31,021 Premium persons had enrolled by September 1.  KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children.  Rebate persons totaled 759.

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 home and in-home and relative care.  In September 2010, an estimated 165,036 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 September 2010, an estimated 9,790 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 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 April - June, 2010, 4,724 individuals in 3,239 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 1,141,293 meals from April - June, 2010, through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  A total of 2,199,704 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps secure affordable housing.  During April - June, 2010, 1,431 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents.  In April - June, 2010, 264,942 nights of Supportive Housing were provided.
  • 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, 2010, 2,051 clients had received instruction and 700 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 1,197 clients during the February - May, 2010, period, with 273 entering employment, 183 of whom received health benefits and an average of $8.92 an hour, while 109 had their cash assistance terminated.  A total of 971 refugees were screened for the February - May, 2010, period.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation Project assures access to IDHS benefits.  In the April - June, 2010, period, 19,252 clients received case management, 4,910 received interpreter service, and 10,015 received translation service.
  • During the April - June, 2010, quarter, the five suburban health clinics served 6,118 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 an estimated 218 Adults and 232 Children and handled 148 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the April - June, 2010, quarter.*
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 12,399 adults and 6,965 children during the April - June, 2010, quarter.  Among those served were 3,085 senior citizens and 4,747 developmentally disabled and/or mentally ill customers.*

*Not all reports have been received.

Fiscal Year 2011
Summary of Cases and Persons
As of September 2010

Program Cases Persons
TANF (Payment Cases) 34,111 83,317
AABD Cash (St Supp Payments) 27,629 27,629
Transitional Assistance
  • Chicago
8,873* 8,873*
  • Downstate
282 282
Family and Children's Assistance
  • Chicago
872 1,192
  • Downstate
19 25
Zero Grants
  • TANF
2,662 7,571
  • AABD
1,672 1,672
Family Health Plans 750,611 1,895,035
AABD MANG 430,926 430,926
Non-Assistance SNAP 276,610 429,633
Foster Care 50,053 50,053
Refugees
  • Cash and Medical
438 446
  • Medical Only
156 158
TOTAL 1,584,914 2,936,812

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 300 in September 2010.

Bureau of Program & Performance Management, November 2010