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Model Program - Mobile Benefits Van

Page history last edited by Dimitrios Dogas 10 years, 6 months ago

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This policy option or model program profile relates to the following issue overview(s):


Summary    one paragraph description 

Milwaukee County administers the Food Stamp Program in Milwaukee.  The van was an existing vehicle used around the community to check clients' statuses on rent assistance.  City of Milwaukee Housing Authority decided to add food stamps to the agenda for the van.  Allowed disabled and elderly to access food stamps easily (to the front doors of their apartments/houses).  



Goal    short description of the policy or program goal  

By driving a mobile benefits van/automobile to public housing sites, clients are able to be interviewed on the spot inside the van's work stations, which in turn makes it possible for the clients to avoid the often long and intimidating trek to the local Social Services office.



Cost    total policy or program cost; also include per person cost if available 




Implementation    describe how the policy or program is implemented (esp. who, how) 

  • Who:
    • City of Milwaukee Housing Authority and Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services



Evaluation    summarize any evaluation findings that policy or program effectiveness

  • 95% of those interviewed during the outreach were able to provide the necessary documentation to qualify that day and receive their EBT card within two days (Milwaukee)



Status    indicate whether this policy or program has been adopted in more locations or remains a proposal 

  • Grant ran out; has not been operational for a year or so 



Point of View    quotations from those in support or opposition to this policy or program 




Contact     contact information for sponsor of this policy or program 

  • Terence Ray, Housing Partnership Liaison, City of Milwaukee Housing Authority, (414) 286-5690, tray@milwaukee.gov  
  • Essex County, NJ



Bibliography    link to any additional readings or websites related to this policy or program 


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