Just the Facts is a monthly Public Assistance Update from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Summary

Total cases receiving Public Assistance in Illinois rose by 6,144 (11,007 persons) in May 2011. MANG cases were primarily responsible for the increase. Aided cases numbered 1,340,851 (2,574,305 persons), up 4.3 percent from year-earlier totals.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Benefits

  • Total TANF Benefits: A 794 case (2,104 person) increase left a total 43,628 families (109,823 persons) receiving TANF benefits in May. The caseload was 33.3 percent higher than the May 2010 total.
  • "0" Grant Cases: There were 3,435 "0" grant cases (9,742 persons) included this month, down 164 cases and 442 persons from April 2011.
  • TANF-Basic: TANF-Basic (primarily single-parent) families rose by 780 cases (2,044 persons) to 42,469 cases (104,973 persons).
  • Two-Parent Cases: Two-parent cases increased by 14 (60 persons) to a total of 1,159 cases (4,850 persons) in May, 2011.

TANF Program Detail

  • Applications: The number of TANF applications received in May rose by 362 to a total of 8,594. New applications and re-applications both increased. Receipts included: 7,486 applications for the Basic sector and 1,108 applications for the two-parent sector. There were 2,086 applications pending for the combined program this month, an increase of 102 applications over April levels.
  • Approvals: There were 3,148 assistance approvals this month, including 2,146 new grants (down 87 from April 2011) and 1,002 reinstatements (down 21). A reinstatement is defined as approval of any case that was active within the previous 24 months.

Reasons for Case Openings

There were 3,324 May 2011 TANF openings for which reasons were available, up 232 from the April level. This total includes 3,190 cases from the basic sector and 134 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 1.4
Living below agency standards 81.2
Loss of employment 0.7
Loss of other benefits 3.7
Parent leaving home 0.1
Increased medical needs 5.0
Loss of unemployment benefits 3.0
All other reasons 4.9

Reasons for Case Closings

Reasons were available for 2,387 May 2011 TANF case closings - down by 148 cases from April. This total includes 2,261 cases from the basic sector and 126 cases from the two-parent sector. Reasons for closing cases included the following:

REASONS FOR CASE CLOSINGS % OF TOTAL CASECLOSINGS
Earned Income 24.4
Other Financial 4.4
Non-compliance* 41.6
Non-financial 29.7

*48 cases canceled in April 2011 for non-compliance related reasons were reinstated by May 2011 after complying. These cases had no break in assistance.

Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD)

The total number of May 2011 AABD cases were up 98 or 0.3 percent from the number of cases a year earlier. The increase was largely attributable to Disability Assistance, where the number of cases rose by 227 or 1.0 percent from May 2010 levels.

  • One-Person AABD Cases: One-person cases receiving grants through AABD stayed the same in May, at a total of 29,387. This total includes 5,619 persons who qualified for Old Age Assistance; 111 persons who qualified for Blind Assistance; and 23,657 persons who qualified for Disability Assistance.
  • "0" Grant Status: Persons in "0" grant status fell by 1 to 1,700.
  • State Supplemental Payments: Individuals receiving State Supplemental Payments were up 1 to 27,687.

Medical Assistance - No Grant

Both AABD and Family Health Plans clients were responsible for an increase of 5,265 cases (8,815 persons) counted as receiving Medical Assistance in May 2011. This resulted in a program total of 1,257,874 cases (2,424,833

persons).

  • MANG: MANG recipients represent 94 percent of total cases and persons. MANG cases increased 3.7 percent from their May 2010 levels, when they also represented 94 percent of all cases.
  • Family Health Plans: Families increased by 2,997 to 763,758 in May 2011.
  • AABD Clients: AABD clients who were categorically qualified for Medical Only rose by 2,522 to 445,679 one-person cases. This total includes 154,815 cases for which Qualified Medical Beneficiary (QMB) payments were made, and 34,606 beneficiaries of Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLIB) payments for Medicare coverage. AABD Group Care clients totaled 67,042.
  • Foster Care: Foster Care Assistance aided 48,437 children during this time period.

Transitional Assistance (TA)

Chicago

  • TA: TA grants were made to 9,085 one-person cases in May 2011. This is an 76 case increase from last month and a 8.9 percent increase over May 2010 totals.
  • P3 Cases: The number of former PE cases included in the count of TA grants dropped by 1 to a total of 251. These are disabled one-person cases with SSI applications or appeals pending.

Downstate

  • TA: In Downstate counties, May TA one-person cases totaled 269. This is a rise of 3 cases from last month and a 34.2 percent decrease from year-earlier counts.

Family and Children's Assistance (F&CA)

Chicago

  •  In May 2011, a total of 877 families (1,177 persons) received F&CA grants. This was a 9 family (12 person) increase. The number of families aided by F&CA increased by 27 from the May 2010 level.

Downstate

  • The number of families aided by Family and Children's Assistance in May totaled 26 (35 persons). The number of cases was up by 5 from May 2010.

Applications - All Programs

  • In May 2011, application receipts for all programs excluding SNAP increased by 1,740 to a total of 66,214. This count includes: 50,624 applications for Medical Assistance, 8,594 for TANF, 4,837 for AABD grants, and 2,159 for TA/F&CA in Chicago. SNAP applications received through Intake and Income Maintenance increased by 5,241 to 163,972.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP Assistance data for May 2011 was not available.

  • 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 May 1, 2011 a total of 115,062 TANF-Medical Only persons were enrolled in KidCare Phase I due to this expansion of eligibility. Included in this total are 6,363 in the Moms and Babies program and 108,699 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 32,852 Share and 30,227 Premium persons had enrolled by May 1. KidCare Rebate reimburses for a portion of health insurance premiums paid for eligible children. Rebate persons totaled 603.

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 May 2011, an estimated 168,989 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 May 2011, an estimated 9,956 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 2011, 7,996 individuals in 5,614 households were served in shelters.
  • The Emergency Food Program served 1,070,342 meals from January-March 2011 through more than 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. A total of 2,068,303 individuals were served during this quarter.
  • The Homeless Prevention Program helps families in existing homes and helps others secure affordable housing. During January-March 2011, 599 families were served.
  • The Supportive Housing Program funds governments and agencies which serve families and transitional facility residents. In January-March 2011 483,330 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 2011, 2,025 clients had received instruction and 704 were assisted with their citizenship applications.
  • The Refugee Social Service Program served a total of 832 clients during the October 2010-January 2011 period, with 315 entering employment, 208 of whom received health benefits and an average of $9.16 an hour, while 85 had their cash assistance terminated. A total of 669 refugees were screened for the January - March 2011 period.
  • The Outreach and Interpretation project assures access to IDHS benefits. In the January-March 2011 period, 13,252 clients received case management, 2,453 received interpreter service, and 6,622 received translation service.
  • During the January - March 2011 quarter, the five suburban health clinics served 6,629 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 246 Adults and 221 Children and handled 445 admissions due to Job Related Crisis during the January - March 2011 quarter. *
  • The Estimated Donated Funds Initiative aided 6,708 Adults and 1,220 Children during the January - March 2011 quarter. Among those served were 2,205 Senior Citizens and 1,732 Developmentally Disabled and/or Mentally Ill customers. *
  • Not all reports have been received.

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

Program Cases Persons
TANF (PAYMENT CASES) 40,193 100,081
AABD CASH (ST SUPP PYMENTS) 27,687 27,687
TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE:
CHICAGO 9,085* 9,085*
DOWNSTATE 269 269
FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE:
CHICAGO 877 1,177
DOWNSTATE 21 29
ZERO GRANTS:
TANF 3,435 9,742
AABD 1,700 1,700
FAMILY HEALTH PLANS 763,758 1,930,717
AABD MANG 445,679 445,679
NON-ASSISTANCE SNAP (NOT AVAILABLE)
FOSTER CARE 48,437 48,437
REFUGEES
CASH & MEDICAL  362 362
MEDICAL ONLY  164 165
TOTAL 1,341,667 2,575,130

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 251 in May 2011.

Bureau of Program & Performance Management, July, 2011