social services

What about welfare fraud?

Many of us cheered the recent arrest of a wealthy Minnesota couple accused of fraudulently receiving over $167,000 in medical and SNAP benefits while living the high life. A question many people are probably asking is, “How did they do it?” It's tough to say for sure, but based on news accounts, their alleged scheme sounds very elaborate.


OPINION | Helping families improves schools

The one-room country school predates health insurance, medical clinics, food shelves, family planning services, after-school enrichment programs and community education. Yet, the one-room country school house defined wrap-around educational services well before anyone conceived the term “wrap around services.” There’s a lesson to be learned here.


As church scandal grows, Catholic Charities keeps an eye on donations

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis' services include the Dorothy Day Center which provides hot meals, mental health services and medical care. (MinnPost photo by Jana Freiband)

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis is closely watching for any decline in giving because of fallout from the ongoing clergy sexual-abuse scandal in Minnesota.


Minnesotans feel deja vu as federal government shutdown starts

Minnesotans may feel a bit of deja vu as the federal government shutdown begins today, the start of the 2014 federal fiscal year. It’s only been a few years since we faced our own state government shutdown.


As shutdown looms, Minnesota's low-income families face cuts in benefits

“It is going to mean more people going hungry,” said Minnesota Budget Project Nan Madden of impending cuts to SNAP benefits. (MinnPost photo by Tom Nehil)

As the threat of a federal government shutdown looms, it appears that Minnesotans receiving government assistance to house, clothe and care for themselves and their families have to worry most about the benefit that puts food on the table.


The only problem with SNAP is underfunding

MPR recently ran a story explaining some of the reasons behind the error rates in Minnesota’s SNAP payments, formally known as food stamps. The federal government says Minnesota made about $38 million in 2012 payment errors, comprising about 5 percent of SNAP's $750 million in total benefits. On its face, this number, and the corresponding rank as “one of the worst in the nation” feeds right into the idea of benefit cheaters that has helped put the entire SNAP program in jeopardy.


SNAP proposal is double whammy for many Minnesotans

The U.S. House is poised to vote next month on a proposal that would drastically cut basic food assistance to thousands of Minnesotans – including children, parents, seniors, people with disabilities and veterans.


Pilot project reaches out to local Black veterans — Bridge Builder Project could be a 'breakthrough' in helping vets access VA benefits

Rev. Richard Jenkins, Sr.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) projects that the percentage of Black veterans will be “significantly higher than other minority groups” as well as “the largest portion” of all veterans of color, and Black female vets account for 20 percent of women veterans.

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