Our District Numbers Continue to Grow
Outreach plans include visiting local low-income housing areas, targeting low-income widows with our benefit message and trying to use the Memorial Day holiday as a vehicle to get veterans to reach out and ask for assistance. We can use your help - if you know someone in need, call us!
Chapter 115 Client Totals - District and Community FY2014
checking in at 64%. Wakefield will be out focus to close the year.
As a point of information, Chapter 115 clients are those veterans and their family members living in our community that have incomes around or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. For a single veteran, this means a person with less than $1945 in monthly income. For more on eligibility, see our eligibility chart. Not all of these veterans receive direct cash assistance. Most of our clients are what we call medical only, meaning their income is fine as long as we reimburse them for medical expenses like insurance, prescription, co-pays and other necessities.
Chapter 115 Expenditure Totals - District and Community FY2014
Melrose - 266%
Wakefield - 130%
Saugus - 219%
It is important to note that the state offers 75% reimbursement for Chapter 115 expenditures that follows Code of Massachusetts Regulation 108 (or 108 CMR). Our district is currently receiving 74.9% reimbursement from the commonwealth, meaning for every veteran dollar we spend, we are getting 74.9 cents back.
We will continue to present our performance to the community through this blog for several reasons. First, we believe in transparency as these are local tax dollars hard at work. Second, we believe in empowering the veteran community, helping them to understand what is available when they are in need. And third, we are part of a veteran services district and report to three communities directly. As part of this agreement, we need to demonstrate that the regional partnership is an effective way to administer veteran benefits locally.
For more information on our district performance, please contact me anytime.