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Details on Public Charge Rule Changes

Benefits Considered

DHS will only consider public benefits as listed in the rule, including:

  • Supplemental Security Income;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
  • Any federal, state, local, or tribal cash benefit programs for income maintenance (often called general assistance in the state context, but which may exist under other names);
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called food stamps);
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program;
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (including Moderate Rehabilitation);
  • Public Housing (under the Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.); and
  • Federally funded Medicaid (with certain exclusions).

Benefits Not Considered

DHS will not consider:

  • Emergency medical assistance;
  • Disaster relief;
  • National school lunch programs;
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children;
  • The Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Subsidies for foster care and adoption;
  • Government-subsidized student and mortgage loans;
  • Energy assistance;
  • Food pantries and homeless shelters; and
  • Head Start.

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