Coming soon: Two GA and Housing Support Rules Changes

August 20, 2015

Starting October 1, 2015, two rules that affect General Assistance (GA) and Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing) eligibility will change:

  1. The amount of earned income (income from work) that is counted when figuring out your General Assistance (GA) and Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing) eligibility and benefit amount will go down. Right now, GA and Housing Support do not count the first $50 of your earned income and some other work expenses. This will end on September 30, 2015.

    Starting October 1, 2015, GA and Housing Support will not count the first $65 of your earned income and then one half of the remaining amount after that. This new rule will help you be able to work and keep more of your income. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will figure out your new benefits amount for October, 2015, and tell you in September. You still have to report your income to the county.
  2. People getting Housing Support benefits with a GA basis of eligibility will no longer be able to put money into a Self-Sufficiency Account and have that money be ignored by the Housing Support program. If you have money in a Self-Sufficency Account and want to remain eligible for Housing Support, you need to reduce your total assets (including money in the Self-Sufficiency Account) to $1,000. You have until the end of October to reduce your assets.

You can call your county worker if you have questions about how the new rules affect your benefits or call the Disability Hub MN at 1-866-333-2466.