A Monthly Public Assistance Update from the
Illinois Department of Human Services
January 2011

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 10,190 (11,776 persons) in January 2011. MANG and Non - Assistance SNAP cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1591,579 (2,885,087 persons), up 7.4 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 594 case (1,658 person) increase left a total 41,221 families (103,401 persons) receiving TANF benefits in January. The caseload was 27.9 percent higher than the January 2010 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 3,077 "0" grant cases (8,688 persons) included this month, up 71cases and 128 persons from December 2010.
  • TANF-Basic: TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families rose by 534 cases (1,942 persons) to 40,215 cases (99,255 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases increased by 60 (250 persons) to a total of 1,006 cases (4,146 persons) in January, 2011.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in January rose by 176 to a total of 8,952. New applications and re-applications both increased. Receipts included: 7,568 applications for the Basic sector and 1,384 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,050 applications pending for the combined program this month, an increase of 145 applications over December levels.
  • Approvals: There were 2,882 assistance approvals this month, including 2,023 new grants (down 407 from December 2010) and 859 reinstatements (down 260). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 3,377 January 2011 TANF openings for which reasons were available, up 113 from the December level. This total includes 3,205 cases from the basic sector and 172 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

1.5
Living below agency standards 79.7
Loss of employment 0.6
Loss of other benefits 2.8
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 4.9
Loss of unemployment benefits 5.0
All other reasons 5.4

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 2,115 January 2011 TANF case closings - up by 122 cases from December. This total includes 2,029 cases from the basic sector and 86 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

 REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS 

% OF TOTAL

CASE CLOSINGS

Earned Income 26.3
Other Financial 5.5
Non-compliance* 37.6
Non-financial 30.6

* 51 cases canceled in December 2010 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by January 2011 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.


Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of January 2011 AABD cases was up 129 or 0.4 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The increase was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases rose by 297 or 1.3 percent from January 2010 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD fell by 21 in January, to a total of 29,456. This total includes 5,689 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 117 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,650 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status fell by 2 to 1,685.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were down 19 to 27,771.


Medical Assistance - No Grant

Both AABD and Family Health Plans clients were responsible for an increase of 1,337 cases (2,254 persons) counted as receiving Medical Assistance in January 2011. This resulted in a program total of 1,242,008 cases (2,395,905 persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 78 percent of total cases and 83 percent of total persons. MANG cases increased 3.9 percent from their January 2010 levels, when they represented 81 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families decreased by 156 to 754,260 in January 2011.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 1,520 to 438,160 one-person cases. This total includes 155,890 cases for which Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made, and 33,942 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 67,681.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 49,588 children during this time period.


Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 9,034 one-person cases in January 2011. This is a 25 case increase from last month and an 8.3 percent increase over January 2010 totals.
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants fell by 6 to a total of 272. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA: In Downstate counties, January TA one-person cases totaled 231. This is a rise of 3 cases from last month and a 26.9 percent increase from year-earlier counts.


Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  • In January 2011, a total of 890 families (1,200 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 7 family (1 person) increase. The number of families aided by F&CA increased by 20 from the January 2010 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in January totaled 21 (30 persons). The number of cases was up by 15 from January 2010.


Applications - All Programs

  • In January 2011, application receipts for all programs excluding SNAP increased by 5,068 to a total of 70,730. This count includes: 53,108 applications for Medical Assistance, 8,952 for TANF, 5,068 for AABD grants, and 2,673 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. SNAP applications received through Intake and Income Maintenance increased by 14,711 to 132,043.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP Assistance was given to 861,850 Illinois households in January 2011. Of this total, 592,880 households also received cash or medical assistance through other public assistance programs.
  • There were 268,970 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 January 1, 2011 a total of 120,437 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 6,578 in the Moms and Babies program and 113,859 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 31,277 Share and 31,730 Premium persons had enrolled by January 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children. Rebate persons totaled 703.

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 January 2011, an estimated 172,126 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 January 2011, an estimated 9,502 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 October-December 2010, 4,386 individuals in 3,261 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 1,201,722 meals from October-December 2010 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 2,379,418 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During October-December 2010, 284 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In October-December 2010 261,059 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 October-December 2010, 2,121 clients had received instruction and 671 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 1,088 clients during the June - September 2010 period, with 417 entering employment, 262 of whom received health benefits and an average of $8.92 an hour, while 159 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 875 refugees were screened for the October - December 2010 period.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation Project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the October-December 2010 period, 12,755 clients received case management, 2,839 received interpreter service, and 8,938 received translation service.
  • During the October - December 2010 quarter, the five suburban health clinics served 6,594 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 314 Adults and 307 Children and handled 540 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the October - December 2010 quarter.*

The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 7,287 Adults and 2,479 Children during the October - December 2010 quarter. Among those served were 3,212 Senior Citizens and 2,250 Developmentally Disabled and/or Mentally Ill customers.*

* Not all reports have been received.

Fiscal Year 2011 Summary of Cases and Persons as of January 2011

PROGRAM CASES PERSONS
Tanf (Payment Cases) 38,144 94,713
AABD Cash (St Supp Payments) 27,771 27,771
Transitional Assistance:
  • Chicago
*9,034 *9,034
  • Downstate
231 231
Family and Children's Assistance:
  • Chicago
890 1,200
  • Downstate
21 30
Zero Grants:
  • TANF
3,077 8,688
  • AABD
1,685 1,685
Family Health Plans 754,260 1,908,157
AABD MANG 438,160 438,160
Non-Assistance SNAP 268,970 346,091
Foster Care 49,588 49,588
Refugees:
  • Cash and Medical
402 404
  • Medical Only
178 181
TOTAL 1,592,411 2,885,933