IM-120 06/27/01 TRANSPORTATION
RELATED EXPENSE (TRE) AND
WORK RELATED EXPENSE (WRE) CHANGES
|TRANSPORTATION RELATED EXPENSE (TRE) AND WORK RELATED EXPENSE (WRE) CHANGES|
|The purpose of this memorandum is to introduce
policy changes in issuing Transportation Related Expenses (TRE) and Work
Related Expenses (WRE). It continues to be important to the agency
to support working families in the best manner possible. However,
revisions to this policy are necessary due to fiscal concerns. With
the enactment of Senate Bill 387 and the 2/3 disregard policy in August
1999, families are remaining on assistance and using support services for
a longer period of time. This new policy affects the maximum daily
allowance for TRE and the length of time for the receipt of TRE and WRE.
Changes are effective July 1, 2001.
MAXIMUMS ALLOWED FOR TRE & WRE
Individuals will receive $5.00 per day TRE. This is the maximum allowed whether participating in one or more than one work activity.
EXCEPTION: Individuals traveling more than 45 miles one way will continue to receive $10.00 per day.
The change in WRE is the participant may request WRE for up to 12 months of becoming employed whether receiving Temporary Assistance or Medical Assistance for Families (MAF).
TIME LIMITS FOR TRE & WRE
The following TRE and WRE policy will apply
to all participants who obtain employment:
12 months WRE while receiving Temporary Assistance (current)
12 months WRE while eligible for MAF (new)
90 days WRE (current)
90 days WRE (current)
NOTE: To assist with job retention, supportive services may be allowed again if employment is lost during or after a period of 90 days. It continues to be important to offer case management while the individual is receiving Temporary Assistance.
Individual Becomes Employed, Receives 2/3 Disregard, and Chooses to Continue Receiving Temporary Assistance:
Frank is receiving $292.00 Temporary Assistance. Frank becomes employed at Rose's Florist earning $7.13 an hour on June 7, 2001. His cash grant will be reduced to $13.00 per month effective July 2001. Frank chooses to continue receiving his Temporary Assistance grant. Frank will receive 90 days TRE (July, August, and September 2001). TRE will be paid in component 13 (Unsubsidized Employment) from June 7 to June 30 and the 90 days TRE begins the first of the next month (July 1, 2001 through September 30, 2001).
At the end of 12 months an adjustment is completed and Frank is no longer eligible for Temporary Assistance. Frank has already received his 90 days TRE and is not eligible for it at the time of closing. Frank may request WRE until the end of the 12 months of becoming employed, June 2002.
If Frank is attending Vocational Education & Training classes and working full-time, only $5.00 TRE will be issued for each day he participates in a component.
Individual Becomes Employed, Receives 2/3 Disregard, and Chooses MAF Only:
Sally is receiving Temporary Assistance of $292.00. She obtains a job at Eric's Trucking earning $7.13 per hour on June 7, 2001. Her cash grant will be reduced to $13.00 per month effective July 2001. Sally decides to save her months of assistance and chooses to receive MAF. Sally will receive 90 days TRE (July, August, and September 2001). Sally may request WRE until the end of the 12 months of becoming employed, June 2002.
If Sally is attending Vocational Education & Training classes and working full-time, TRE will be issued for 90 days at $5.00 per day and WRE may be requested until the end of the 12 months of employment, June 2002. WRE payments will be issued on a Warrant Request (DBF-14).
Supportive Services May Be Allowed Again If Employment Is Lost During or After A Period Of 90 Days
Sarah is employed and receiving TRE for
July, August, and September 2001. Sarah was laid off August 18, 2001.
She came back in to reapply on August 25, 2001 and was reinstated back
to cash on September 2, 2001. On September 18, 2001 she becomes employed
at Custom Nails. A budget is completed and Sarah will remain eligible
for $18.00 per month effective November. Sarah will receive TRE for
November, December, and January 2002.
Sarah becomes employed on January 30, 2002. Sarah will receive TRE for an additional 90 days, February, March, and April 2002.
TRE 90 Days Starts the First Day of the Next Month When Employment is Discovered By the Agency
Lucy is receiving Temporary Assistance of $292.00. She reapplies for Food Stamps on July 22, 2001 and reports she has been working since May 23, 2001. Lucy will receive TRE from July 22 to July 31 in component 13 and 90 days supportive services for August, September and October 2001.
TRE & WRE Policy Changes Do NOT Effect the Following Current Policy:
A system generated letter will be mailed to individuals receiving TRE advising them that:
Manual and Case Management Desk Reference pages will be provided in a separate memorandum. Computer changes for entering TRE will be completed and explained in a forthcoming memorandum.