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Minnesota launches new housing benefit for poor seniors and people with disabilities


August 16, 2019

David Joles - Star Tribune file

The state is seeking to combat homelessness by offering a broad array of new housing support services under Medicaid. In 2018, hundreds of people lived in tents at this homeless camp along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis.

Thousands of Minnesotans who are poor, elderly or have disabilities will get more assistance for staying in their own homes and avoid becoming homeless under a new program paid for by the state and federal governments.

The state Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Thursday that it received federal approval to roll out a new package of services designed to help seniors and people with disabilities - including those struggling with mental illnesses and substance use disorders - to find and maintain their own housing, and avoid costly institutional care. The new support services will start in July 2020 and will be paid for under the state-federal Medicaid insurance program.


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