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Give Aid to All in Need!
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The Welfare Rights Committee introduced a bill last year to Give Aid to All in Need – the GAAIN bill. As the 2016 legislative session draws near, we are respectfully asking your organization to support our Give Aid to All in Need bill.
Please ask your group to endorse our effort.
How to sign on to the GAAIN campaign:
Call or text 612-822-8020. Please leave your best contact info so we can follow up if needed.
Email: Let us know by email at WelfareRightsMN@yahoo.com. You can download and scan in the endorsement letter, or just send a message.
Mail: Download the endorsement letter and send to Welfare Rights Committee — 4200 Cedar Ave S #4 — Minneapolis, MN 55407
- Please include the best way to contact your group (for Welfare Rights Committee follow-up, if needed).
The GAIN bill (Senate File 1426/House File 1533) expands state-funded General Assistance to cover families who have hit the 5-year limit on welfare and adults with no income who are looking for work.There are thousands of people in desperate need who, under this state’s laws, don’t qualify for any cash assistance at all. People are homeless, cashless and have to scrounge for handouts. This is a burden on the entire low-income community, and, in the state on Minnesota, is especially a burden on Black and brown communities.
Here are just a few of the situations we are dealing with.
— The 5-year limit on MFIP has hit countless families with children.
— Minnesotans can only get General Assistance ($203 per month*) if they have no kids and can prove a disability – the rest of needy singles, and families who have the 5-year limit, get zilch for cash assistance.
— People’s unemployment has run out, or people get cut off unemployment early because they took a temp job out of a desperate need for cash, or they were working in a job that doesn’t qualify for unemployment insurance.
— Our community members with criminal records still face hurdles to jobs and housing.
— Childless adults can only get SNAP (food stamps) for 3 months in a 3 year period.
— The current situation hurts the community in many ways. For example, those of us who have apartments risk losing housing when we take in our homeless, cashless, friends and family.
* Note: MFIP and GA grants haven’t had an across the board increase in 29 years. The Welfare Rights Committee will also be pushing for a bill to double the MFIP and GA grants.