OFA Webinar: Building Social Capital for Families on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Other Low-Income Populations: The Important Role of Community-Based and Faith-Based Organizations

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar entitled “Building Social Capital for Families on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Other Low-Income Populations: The Important Role of Community-Based and Faith-Based Organizations” on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. Fostering economic mobility in the United States is a challenging pursuit with research showing that 70% of Americans born in the lowest two quintiles will not move up to the middle class. Many efforts to stop the cycle of poverty have focused on employment as the answer, especially after the legislation of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. However, TANF eligible families need access to forms of capital beyond economic capital to move out of poverty. These families benefit from access to trust-based networks that provide other types of resources, also known as social capital.
 
Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) play a critical role in providing culturally sensitive social capital to TANF eligible families that create pathways out of poverty as they are embedded in the communities they serve. In this webinar, we heard from FBOs and CBOs that serve TANF eligible families. These organizations foster trust with their clients and provide them with resources via their networks, resulting in access to supportive services such as child care, transportation, training programs, and employment opportunities.
 
Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim from the Future Foundation and Juanita Epps from Pathways Virginia presented.
 

Record Type: 
Webinar / Webcast
Publication Date: 
November, 2018
Date: 
November 28, 2018
Source: 
OFA Peer TA
Webinar Date: 
November 28, 2018
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Supportive Services
  • Special Populations
  • TANF Program Administration