Financial Assistance Services Annual Report

Introduction

Every year, the Ramsey County Financial Assistance Services (FAS) produces an annual report to show our clients and community how we serve Ramsey County residents.
With the 2018 report, we’re taking advantage of the county's Open Data Portal to create a data and performance-driven annual report that will be regularly updated throughout the year. The new level of transparency in this online report also provides easy access to program information, including numbers of people served and information about them, performance measures related to our goals, and expenditures and revenues. 
FAS strives to provide programs and services that support dignity and self-sufficiency for Ramsey County residents. FAS provides essential basic need services and is responsible for administering safety net programs, such as homeless shelter services, child care, financial, food, and medical assistance.
This annual report addresses four county strategic goals that guide and direct everything we do: 
  • Well-being: strengthen individual, family and community health, safety, and well-being through effective safety-net services, innovative programming, prevention and early intervention, and environmental stewardship. 
  • Prosperity: cultivate prosperity and invest in neighborhoods with concentrated financial poverty through proactive leadership and inclusive initiatives that engage all communities in decisions about our future. 
  • Opportunity: enhance access to opportunity and mobility for all residents and businesses through connections to education, employment and economic development throughout of region, 
  • Accountability: model forward-thinking investment, fiscal accountability, and transparency through professional operational and financial management. 

Performance Measures

Revenue and Expenditures

Revenue

Ninety-nine percent of FAS revenue comes from federal and state governments, as well as grants and other non-governmental sources. One percent of revenue is from the local tax levy.

Expenditures

More than 97 percent of FAS expenditures are on client benefits. Medical Assistance makes up the largest expense, with 87 percent of all expenditures. 

Statewide Data About Cash, Food and Medical Assistance

How do Ramsey County caseloads compare to other counties and the state? How is Ramsey County doing on key performance measures compared to other counties? The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) provides reports on county trends, statewide performance measures, client characteristics, and financial reports and forecasts. Access cash and food assistance reports here and Medical Assistance reports here.