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The Eligibility Error – Decision Case



Case Synopsis

Social worker Sarah Adams, employed by New Hope Housing Corporation, met Ms. Washington at an early morning agency orientation session. Ms. Washington initially appeared to be a strong candidate for the agency’s pilot partnership program with the local Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Section 8 recipients. Upon further review of her application, however, Sarah discovered that Ms. Washington did not qualify for the home ownership program because her household income was too high to be eligible. In fact, Ms. Washington’s income level also disqualified her for Section 8assistance, and Sarah must decide whether and to whom to report it.

Intended Case Use

Written for a bachelor’s level capstone or integrative seminar, the case may also be useful for practice courses that focus on micro or macro practice. It may also be useful for specialized instruction on income verification, pogram eligibility, policy enforcement, potential fraud, working with clients who misuse programs, professional integrity, or housing services. This case may also be relevant for foundation level MSW coursework on these topics.

Author/Speaker: Mackenzi Huyser and Terry A. Wolfer

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