Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs
Specific Requirements; GA
For purposes of this rule, referring to an individual as “homeless” means any of the following:
The individual does not have a fixed or regular nighttime residence.
The individual provides the Department with verification, under OAR 461-115-0700 (Required Verification; GA, OSIP, OSIPM, and QMB), that they are required to leave their place of residence within the upcoming 90 days. If the individual is not able to provide documentation verification, the Department will accept, on a case-by-case basis, self-attestation under the following circumstances:(A) Documentation does not exist at application; or(B) Documentation is not reasonably available at application, such as in the case of homelessness, domestic violence, or natural disaster.
The individual’s primary residence is one of the following:
A supervised shelter that provides temporary accommodations.
A halfway house or residence for individuals who may become institutionalized.
A temporary accommodation in another individual’s or family’s residence for 90 days or less.
A place not designed to be or ordinarily used as a place for individuals to sleep, such as a hallway, bus station, or similar place.(E) A place lacking consistent and operational access to essential utilities.(F) A temporary accommodation rented or leased by another person or entity, on behalf of the individual, for 90 or fewer days.
To be eligible for GA, an individual must meet all of the following requirements:
The individual must be 18 years of age or older.
The individual must be an individual who is homeless (see section (1) of this rule).
The individual must complete the application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI); cooperate with the Department in applying to the Social Security Administration for SSI; appeal all denials of SSI made below the Appeal’s Council level; and attend all appointments designated by the Department relating to obtaining SSI. The Department must also receive verification from the Social Security Administration that the individual’s application for SSI benefits has been received.
The individual must meet the non-financial, non-disability requirements for SSI.
The individual must complete and sign an interim assistance agreement authorizing the Department to recover interim GA benefits paid to the client (or paid to providers on the client’s behalf) from the initial SSI payment or initial post-eligibility payment. The Social Security Administration must also receive the interim assistance agreement. The following provisions are considered part of the interim assistance agreement:
Interim GA benefits include only those GA cash benefits paid during the period of time that the SSI benefit covers.
For any month in which SSI is prorated, the Department may recover only a prorated amount of the interim GA cash benefit.
If the Department is unable to stop delivery of a GA benefit issued after the SSI payment is made, the GA payment will be included in the interim assistance to be reimbursed to the Department.
The OSIPM income and resource methodology are used to determine financial eligibility for the GA program.
An individual found by the Social Security Administration (SSA) not to meet disability criteria at the initial, reconsideration, or hearing level may continue receiving GA benefits until the disability claim is denied in a final decision by a Social Security Administration administrative law judge pursuant to 20 CFR §416.1453.