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MSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE

ISSUE DATE: 08/2017

MFIP, DWP, SNAP, GA, GRH:
No provisions.


MSA:

MSA Housing Assistance is a recurring special need payment for clients whose housing costs exceed 40% of the unit’s gross income. The amount of the MSA Housing Assistance allowance is $194. This allowance amount is equal to the maximum single person SNAP allotment as of July 1st each year, see 0022.12.01 (How to Calculate Benefit Level - SNAP/MSA/GRH). If the client is eligible for MSA Housing Assistance the “living alone” assistance standard is always applied, regardless of living situation. 0020.21 (MSA Assistance Standards)

To be eligible for MSA Housing Assistance, an applicant must meet ALL the following requirements:

Be eligible for MSA.

Be under the age of 65. A client under the age of 65 who is receiving MSA Housing Assistance and turns age 65 can continue to receive the allowance until subsidized housing becomes available.

Have total shelter costs that exceed 40% of the unit’s gross income before application of this allowance. See SHELTER COSTS in 0002.61 (Glossary: Self...).

Apply for a federal or state rental assistance voucher, if eligible. The client must provide verification of application for rental assistance. If there is a waiting list for rental assistance in the client’s area and that list is closed, accept a signed Verification of Application for Rental Assistance (DHS-6351) (PDF) as verification that the client will apply when the list opens. Once the client has been approved for and receives rental assistance, the client is no longer eligible for MSA Housing Assistance. Clients who own their own home, have a felony conviction or other factors that would make them ineligible for federal or state rental assistance are not required to apply for such assistance. They are eligible for MSA Housing Assistance if they meet all other eligibility factors. Document the reason for federal or state rental assistance ineligibility in case notes.

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Meet 1 of these conditions:

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Relocating to the community from an institution or an intensive residential mental health treatment program. See INSTITUTION in 0002.33 (Glossary: Independent...).

OR

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Eligible for MA personal care assistance (PCA) services.

OR

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A recipient of MA waiver services living in his or her own home or rented or leased apartment.

NOTE: A client in an institution may already be eligible for MSA, but would not be eligible to receive the MSA Housing Assistance allowance until after the move from the institution. A client in an institution and not eligible for MSA may become eligible upon discharge.

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