HSS Moving Expenses launched on April 1, 2024 at 11am!


You are eligible for moving expenses if you are receiving HSS Transition services and are

    1. Transitioning out of a Medicaid- funded institutions or
    2. Leaving a provider-operated living arrangement and moving into your own home.

IMPORTANT INFO: Category #2 above includes people who are experiencing homelessness and have stayed in a shelter, used a county-funded hotel voucher program, or other county-funded emergency housing within the last 12 months (minimum of 1 night stay). DHS will accept self-reporting of shelter or county-funded housing program stays.

When are Moving Expenses Not Covered?

  • Moving expenses are not covered when a recipient is receiving HSS Sustaining Services; and
  • If moving expenses are not deemed reasonable and necessary through the housing plan process.

IMPORTANT INFO: Moving expenses must be CLEARLY identified in the revised Housing Focused Person-Centered Plan on Page 4, and the Provider must indicate the person wants moving expenses on the person-centered plan, CSSP and CCP.

How much is available?

  • Moving expenses are a one-time per HSS consumer $3,000 benefit (within the recipient eligibility span)
  • HSS Providers must pay the up-front cost of the benefit and then submit receipts to DHS to be reimbursed for the moving expenses.

IMPORTANT INFO: Providers must pay up-front costs of the benefit and then bill fee for service (FFS) or the MCOs for reimbursement with an attachment using procedure code T2038 with modified U8.

IMPORTANT INFO: It is CRITICAL that providers clearly identify the need for housing expenses on the person-centered plan and keep all receipts showing proof of transactions for all moving expenses they pay for in order to be reimbursed in full. Receipts must have the name of the business, the date and time of purchase, and show itemized transactions. **Providers must obtain individual receipts for each person when shopping for multiple recipients. **

What does it cover? (**These are the items that DHS has deemed reasonable and necessary**)

  • Housing applications
  • Background Check Fees
  • Security Deposits
  • The cost of securing documentation that is required to obtain a lease on an apartment or a home (documentation could include a birth certificate and/or state ID)
  • Essential household furnishings which are furniture, window coverings, food preparation items, bed and bath linens
  • One-time set up fees or deposits for a landline telephone, electricity, heating and water
  • Necessary home accessibility adaptations
  • Services necessary for the individual’s health and safety, such as pest remove and one-time cleaning before occupancy
  • Professional movers
  • Moving out of storage
  • Bridging (household agency)
  • Moving boxes, moving tape, etc
  • Back utilities fees
  • Moving truck
  • Annual one-time storage payment for up to 90 days
  • One-time purchase of cleaning supplies and garbage bags
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Cooking and eating utensils – set for 8 people or less
  • Microwave
  • Sheets, bedding, pillows
  • One set of bathroom essentials
  • Vacuum
  • Hangers
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Bedroom essentials: frame, mattress, box spring
  • Lighting
  • Living room chairs
  • Side and coffee tables
  • Lampstands
  • Desk Chair
  • Air condition
  • NOTE: Additional items may be added to this list prior to the April 1, 2024 launch of the program.

Additional Training and Questions

Housing Stabilization Services – Moving Expenses training is now available on TrainLink. You may locate the training in the Course Catalog by entering 2024 MOVING EXPENSES MODULE FOR HOUSING STABILIZATION SERVICES in the search box. You will need a unique key to complete the training. Please complete the Unique Key Request Form if you do not have one.

If you have questions about the moving expenses policy, reach out to: dhshousingstabilization@state.mn.us

If you have questions about moving expenses eligibility, reach out to: hss.eligibility.dhs@state.mn.us