Emergency Allotments to Be Issued for Active VTTC Food Assistance Cases for April and May 2020

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Policy Memo


  • Due to guidance under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, supplemental emergency food assistance allotments under the Non-Citizen Victims of Trafficking, Torture and other Serious Crimes (VTTC) will be issued for April 2020 and May 2020 to VTTC applicants that are receiving less than the maximum monthly food assistance allotment for the household size.
  • Applicants that applied for food assistance during April 2020 or May 2020 will receive an emergency allotment. Eligible cases will be identified and a supplement will be issued by Special Units through EPU.
  •  VTTC cases with food assistance will not be sent a client notice to inform them of the supplements.

Due to COVID-19, VTTC households with food assistance in Illinois will receive the full maximum.

Active Households with Food Assistance

Active households with food assistance whose regular monthly benefit amount is less the maximum monthly allotment in April 2020 and May 2020 will receive a supplemental emergency food assistance allotment to bring them to the full maximum monthly amount for the household size.

New Approvals

For approved VTTC cases with Food Assistance, Special Units will manually calculate the emergency food assistance supplements and issue benefits to households that did not receive the full maximum allotment for the household size, even if the initial approval month is prorated.

Additional Supplement Issuance

Example: Mr. A has a household of one and receives $37 per month in food assistance. Due to COVID-19, he will receive an additional supplement of $157 to equal the maximum monthly allotment of $194.

Emergency allotments are only being issued for two months. For June 2020, Food assistance households will receive their regular benefit amount based on household circumstances and income.

All supplements are being calculated manually by Special Units and issued through EPU.

Client Notice

A client notice will not be mailed to these households.

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services