High Poverty Areas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children recognizes the importance of supporting high poverty areas and low income families on a path from welfare to work. This section offers assistance on high poverty areas, that include urban, rural, and Tribal.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATIONS

This section provides resources regarding welfare reform strategies and programs targeted towards those in rural, tribal and urban locales.

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Homelessness: Targeted Federal Programs and Recent Legislation, June 2013

This document from the Congressional Research Service provides a thorough overview of existing Federal legislation designed to help homeless individuals and families. Each description provides an overview of the program, the legislation responsible for creating it, and additional legislation that impacts it.

For more information, please see: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/11/familyhomelessness/rb.shtml


Inequality and Poverty in the United States: Public Policies for Inclusive Growth, May 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a paper discussing income inequality and relative poverty in the United States, along with its substantial increase over the past decades. This paper analyzes the causes of U.S. income inequality and relative poverty in an OECD context, particularly the role of the tax-and-transfer system. This paper also suggests public policies to promote inclusive growth.

For more information, please see: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/5k46957cwv8q.pdf?expires=1372703618&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=D003088CB8734C662CEEED3DBCF1D628


The Final Countdown: Prospects for Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030, April 2013

A study by Brookings researchers examined the prospects for ending extreme poverty by 2030 and the factors that will determine progress toward this goal. They released an interactive tool that allows users to explore the study's key finding, including: poverty scenarios to 2013; the view from the poverty line; the need for equitable growth; China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa; and weak prospects for fragile States.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/ending-extreme-poverty?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=BrookingsInst&utm_content=BrookingsInst


Expanded Poverty Measurement at the State and Local Level, March 2013

The Urban Institute released a document discussing the expanded State and local poverty measures that have been developed by New York City, New York State, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the Urban Institute itself. State and local expanded poverty measures have been used to provide new insights into poverty among population subgroups and regions of the State; estimate the extent to which government benefits, taxes, and work-related and medical expenses affect poverty; and estimate the effect of potential changes in government programs. The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California are developing an expanded poverty measure for California, and has released their testimony before the California State Senate Human Services Committee.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/904570-Expanded-Poverty-Measurement-at-the-State-and-Local-Level.pdf


Poverty Rates for Selected Detailed Race and Hispanic Groups by State and Place: 2007–2011, February 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report summarizing poverty rates by race and Hispanic origin for the United States, each separate State, and the District of Columbia. Poverty rates are also presented for selected detailed race and origin groups in the cities and towns with the largest populations of these groups. The American Community Survey's five-year data collection allowed for this analysis of poverty rates, an important indicator of community well-being.

For more information, please see: http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acsbr11-17.pdf


Use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funds to Serve Homeless Families and Families at Risk of Experiencing Homelessness, February 2013

The Office of Family Assistance's Administration for Children & Families recently released a new Information Memorandum (IM) entitled "Use of TANF Funds to Serve Homeless Families and Families at Risk of Experiencing Homelessness." This IM discusses the importance of addressing family homelessness with allowable uses of TANF funds for families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

To view this memorandum, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/tanf-acf-im-2013-01


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Poverty Guidelines, January 2013

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has updated their annual Poverty Guidelines for 2013 and takes into account the last calendar year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

To view the Poverty Guidelines, please see: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/01/24/2013-01422/annual-update-of-the-hhs-poverty-guidelines


United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Reports (HUD) Reports Slight Decline in Homelessness in 2012, January 2013

Based on data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties across the United States, HUD recently released their report on the national estimate of homelessness for 2012. While the United States was experiencing a historic housing and economic downturn, local communities reported a statistically significant seven percent decline in the number of homeless veterans and individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.

For more information, please see: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-191


Transitions Into and Out of Poverty in the United States, 2013

The Center for Poverty Research released a policy brief discussing the transitions in and out of poverty in the United States. This study also emphasizes that patterns of poverty transitions may reflect fairly complex interactions – in this case, a three-way interaction over time between aggregate labor market conditions, individual weeks worked in the year, and changes in family structure

For more information, please see: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/sites/main/files/file-attachments/policy_brief_stevens_poverty_transitions_1.pdf


A Poverty and Opportunity Agenda: What's in Store for the Next Four Years, December 2012

Brookings Center on Children and Families and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity held an event on December 5, 2012 to examine the impact of the election on programs affecting the poor like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as the Earned Tax Credit (EITC). Answers to this and related questions were discussed by a panel of experts.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/events/2012/12/05-poverty-opportunity


The 2011 Poverty Rate: What to Expect and How Long Will It Last?, September 2012

The Center on Children and Families at Brookings has been using a model for the past three years to predict the U.S. poverty rate before the official figure is released by the Census Bureau. In this article, poverty rates for the next twenty years are predicted and discussed, along with the causes and reasoning for the upcoming changes.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2012/09/10-poverty-rate-sawhill


Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families,, June 2012

The Brookings Institute published an article on the challenges many families face with poverty. A brief overview of the success of poverty reduction over the past decade is addressed, along with the examination of the major causes of poverty, trends in spending to help poor and low-income Americans, and strategies Congress has adopted to fight poverty.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/research/testimony/2012/06/05-poverty-families-haskins


Linking Human Services and Housing Assistance for Homeless Families and Families at Risk for Homelessness, April 2012

This study, commissioned by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examines local programs that connect homeless individuals and families with other support services in order to best prevent future homelessness. Fourteen programs that have defined partnerships with other supportive service agencies were chosen for this study, and promising practices of these programs and partnerships are highlighted.

For more information, please see: http://www.abtassociates.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=6f4596de-913d-4a62-b960-8bfa7d899b29


National Research Agenda: Priorities for Advancing our Understanding of Homelessness, 2012

This document lays out the current research agenda of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), which was informed by an extensive review of over 200 studies conducted on homelessness from 1989 to 2011. The agenda is divided into eight key domain areas, each with specific topics and research questions identified. For TANF stakeholders, this document is an excellent resource for exploring the current evidenced-based knowledge and practices being used and researched by those seeking to end homelessness.

For more information, please see: http://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/ResearchAgendaFINAL_10-25-12.pdf


Opening Doors, 2012

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness initiative, Opening Doors, is the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors serves as a roadmap for joint action by the 19 USICH member agencies along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors. This Plan presents strategies building upon the lesson that mainstream housing, health, education, and human service programs must be fully engaged and coordinated to prevent and end homelessness.

Click here to learn more about Opening Doors: http://www.usich.gov/opening_doors/

Click here to read the Opening Doors Plan: http://www.epaperflip.com/aglaia/viewer.aspx?docid=1dc1e97f82884912a8932a3502c37c02


Building Neighborhoods of Opportunity: White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Report, July 2011

The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is a strategy of the Obama Administration to improve collaboration across Federal agencies and provide resources to distressed neighborhoods to address poverty. This White House report highlights lessons learned from organizations focused on revitalizing neighborhoods around the country and provides practical support for practitioners and policymakers alike. Authors describe five key characteristics of neighborhood revitalization which include resident engagement and community leadership, partnership development, research and evaluation driven results, organizational capacity building, and strategic resource alignment.

For more information, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/nri_report.pdf


Affordable Housing as a Platform for Improving Family Well-Being: Federal Funding and Policy Opportunities, June 2011

From the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this Financing Community Change Brief discusses the role of housing in fostering well-being for children and families, given the collapse of the housing market from the current economic recession. Research shows that living in a distressed neighborhood increases the effects of family poverty on individual educational achievement, economic prospects, and individual health because such areas often lack the supports, services, and opportunities to help provide a safety net for residents. Authors discuss how federal housing policy has helped such families in the past and how it can support families in the future by fostering community development.

For more information, please see: http://www.cssp.org/publications/neighborhood-investment/financing-community-change/Affordable-Housing-as-a-Platform-for-Improving-Family-Well-Being-June-2011.docx.pdf


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Rural

Federal Tax Policies and Low-Income Rural Households, May 2011

This report, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides information on the increasing use of refundable tax credits targeted to low and moderate-income households and the implications specifically for rural America. Authors match a zip code approximation of the 2006 Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes with Internal Revenue Service Individual Income Tax zip code and related data to examine the expansions of these programs. Results show that expansions of both the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit have provided a major source of income for low-income workers, especially those residing in Southern rural areas.

For more information, please see: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB76/EIB76.pdf


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/AmeriCorps Teleconference, November 2008

This Teleconference took place on November 18, 2008 as part of a follow-up to the Rural Communities Academy that occurred in September 2008. Many participants expressed some interest in learning more about how to utilize AmeriCorps volunteers in their program, as well as in their community. This teleconference includes five presentations on how to utilize AmeriCorps in rural programs as well as a question and answer session.

To view or download the Transcript, please: Click Here. [PDF - 643 KB]

To listen to the Teleconference, please: Click Here. [WAV - 24,311 KB]


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Tribal

2013 Tribal TANF – Child Welfare Coordination Projects Annual Grantee Meeting, August 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) hosted the 2013 Tribal TANF--Child Welfare Coordination Projects Annual Grantee Meeting on August 14-15, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The meeting provided Tribal TANF--Child Welfare Coordination Project grantees with the opportunity to share information with their peers regarding their program structure and performance. The meeting also addressed grant requirements for Year Two of the projects, strategies for building coalitions in Native American communities, home visiting programs, program sustainability, and approaches for documenting cross-agency coordination and collaboration.

Meeting Agenda [PDF - 979 KB]

Meeting Biographies [PDF - 311 KB]

Association of Village Council Presidents Healthy Families PPT [PDF - 5,222 KB]

CCTHITA - Tribal Families and Youth Services PPT [PDF - 2,194 KB]

Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF Child Welfare Coordination Grant PPT [PDF - 761 KB]

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians [PDF - 5,631 KB]

Cook Inlet Tribal Council PPT [PDF - 58 KB]

Fact Sheet on Tribal TANF and Economic Development [PDF - 93 KB]

Forest County Potawatomi PPT [PDF - 6,946 KB]

GOODAI PPT [PDF - 4,527 KB]

Hoopa Valley Tribe PPT [PDF - 6,268 KB]

Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services (TT-CW) [PDF - 1,321 KB]

Nooksack TANF PPT [PDF - 1,964 KB]

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe ASK PPT [PDF - 2,089 KB]

Summaries of Current ACF Research in Tribal Communities [PDF - 88 KB]

Quileute PPT [PDF - 8,023 KB]

Squaxin Island Tribe PPT [PDF - 489 KB]

Foster Parent Navigators PPT [PDF - 1,495 KB]

Administration for Native Americans Training and Technical Assistance PPT [PDF - 85 KB]

Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Coordination Grantee Meeting PPT [PDF - 512 KB]

Internal Controls_Part 6 of 2013 Compliance Supplement [PDF - 249 KB]

Overview of Tribal MIECHV Program [PDF - 494 KB]

Final Report [PDF - 511 KB]


2013 Tribal TANF Summit to Improve Program Performance and Strengthen Native Families, August 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management hosted the first national Tribal TANF Summit to Improve Program Performance and Strengthen Native Families on August 12-14, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The workshop focused on Tribal TANF program administration and participant engagement. Experts from the field shared information on a variety of topics including: career pathways and subsidized employment, TANF policies and procedures, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, opportunities for economic development, and effective prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.



View Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,941 KB] View Tribal TANF Summit Booklet [PDF - 2,666 KB]

Career Pathways: An Overview PPT [PDF - 242 KB]

Creating Work Opportunities through Career Pathways and Subsidized Employment PPT [PDF - 80 KB]

Placing Tribal TANF Participants on a Pathway to Self Sufficiency PPT [PDF - 665 KB]

Leading an Economic Resurgence on the Pine Ridge Reservation PPT [PDF - 1,490 KB]

NAB TANF PPT [PDF - 180 KB]

USDA Farm Service Agency [PDF - 1,303 KB]

Career Academy Support Organizations [PDF - 341 KB]

COACHELLA VALLEY REGIONAL PLAN FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS [PDF - 419 KB]

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Workforce Excellence: Collaborative Regional Leadership [PDF - 325 KB]

CVEP Workforce Jobs/Models [PDF - 288 KB]

Education is Economic Development: Preparing Youth for Workforce Success [PDF - 4,221 KB]

Overview of the Office of INspector General and Ensuring Program Integrity [PDF - 2,854 KB]

Building Community Garden Logic Model [PDF - 195 KB]

Logic Modeling and Strategic Planning: Keys to Program Success PPT [PDF - 2,765 KB]

Draft Logic Models from Promising Pathway Sites [PDF - 5,394 KB]

Hosting a Family Dinner Logic Model Activity [PDF - 196 KB]

Developing a Logic Model: Teaching and Training Guide [PDF - 5,490 KB]

Logic Model Template [PDF - 392 KB]

2013 DIFRC Programs Community Version [PDF - 164 KB]

Casey Family Programs PPT [PDF - 642 KB]

Denver Indian Family Resource Center PPT [PDF - 506 KB]

Broad Overview of the Tribal Title IV-E Program [PDF - 222 KB]

Double Trouble: Co-Occurring Disorders: Cultural Considerations [PDF - 784 KB]

Bringing Effective Native American Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Prevention and Treatment Programs Home PPT [PDF - 3,126 KB]

TRIBAL TANF SINGLE AUDIT PPT [PDF - 291 KB]

On-line Data Collection System [PDF - 1,677 KB]

Tribal TANF Reporting [PDF - 241 KB]

Tribal TANF - The Basics and Beyond [PDF - 1,198 KB]

Developing Effective Policies and Procedures PPT [PDF - 114 KB]

DEVELOPING TRIBAL TANF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES [PDF - 37 KB]

ANA Training & Technical Assistance [PDF - 229 KB]

Fact Sheet on Tribal TANF and Economic Development [PDF - 315 KB]

Internal Controls - Compliance Supplement [PDF - 357 KB]

OPRE Project Updates for Tribal TANF Meeting [PDF - 366 KB]


2013 National Tribal TANF Institute, July 2013

The Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Professional Development Program at the University of California, Davis, is having their 8th annual National Tribal TANF Institute that will be held July 22-25, 2013 in Pala, California. The Institute will provide helpful information, tools, skill building and networking opportunities that support Native people--from urban areas, rural areas, rancherias and reservations--in developing and operating Tribal TANF programs that meet the needs of Native people.

For more information, please see: http://humanservices.ucdavis.edu/TribalTANF/InThisSection/TanfInstitute2013.aspx


Acting Assistant Secretary Welcomes Tribal Leaders for Administration for Children and Families Consultation, July 2013

The Administration for Children and Families headquarters were joined by Regional offices in a first-ever combined face-to-face and virtual Tribal Consultation.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2013/07/acting-assistant-secretary-welcomes-tribal-leaders-for-acf-consultation


OFA Webinar: Partnering for Children: Collaboration Between Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support, July 2013

The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Management and the Office of Child Support Enforcement hosted a Webinar entitled "Partnering for Children: Collaboration Between Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support." This Webinar provided the goals and objectives of the Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support program, including conditions of eligibility for both programs. During this Webinar, speakers identified the differences between State and tribally administered TANF and child support programs. Webinar participants also had an opportunity to hear about collaborative approaches from representatives from Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support programs at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Webinar PowerPoint [PDF - 2,587 KB]

Webinar Transcript [PDF - 286 KB]

Webinar Audio (plus PowerPoint) [MP4 - 60,848 KB]


OFA Webinar: The Initial Steps for Tribal TANF: Submitting a Letter of Intent, July 2013

The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management hosted a Webinar, "The Initial Steps for Tribal TANF: Submitting a Letter of Intent." This Webinar provided an overview of the Letter of Intent process for Tribes interested in applying to administer a Tribal TANF program for the first time. During this Webinar, Tribes learned how the Bureau of Indian Affairs Service Area Designation play a role in the process of administering a Tribal TANF Program. Webinar participants gained a better understanding of how to identify service population and service area. Speakers provided an overview of the roles of Office of Family Assistance staff in the Regions and Central office as they relate to the letter of intent process.

View Webinar PowerPoint Presentation [PDF - 309 KB]

View Webinar Transcript [PDF - 833 KB]

View Webinar Recording [MP4 - 50,601 KB]


OFA Webinar: Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Overview, June 2013

The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management hosted a Webinar, "Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Webinar." This Webinar was the first of a two-part series, and provided a basic overview of the Tribal TANF program, including factors for a Tribe to consider when deciding if it wants to operate a TANF program and the process of implementing a Tribal TANF program. This Webinar was targeted at Tribes or Tribal staff new to the Tribal TANF program and Tribes interested in pursuing and administering a Tribal TANF program. The information was presented jointly by OFA Central and Regional Office staff, and included a question and answer session.

Tribal Overview Webinar PowerPoints [PDF - 216 KB]

Tribal Overview Webinar Transcript [PDF - 263 KB]

Tribal Overview Webinar Audio/Video [MP4 - 65,393 KB]


Building the Foundation for Success: Case Studies of Breaking Through Tribal Colleges and Universities, April 2013

This Jobs for the Future report highlights the findings from a Breaking Through partnership facilitated by Jobs for the Future, the National Council for Workforce Education, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. This eighteen-month initiative focused on piloting workforce and education strategies to better serve low-skilled students at Tribal colleges and universities.

For more information, please see: http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/BT_BuildingFoundationForSuccess_040813.pdf


National Tribal TANF Characteristics Data – Fiscal Years (FY) 2010, 2009, and 2008, March 2013

The Office of Family Assistance, Division of Tribal TANF has posted National Tribal TANF characteristics data for fiscal years (FY) 2008, 2009, and 2010. The characteristics data has been produced for the following categories of information:

  • Number of individuals participating in Tribal TANF work activities, by activity,
  • Adults by work participation status,
  • Adults by relationship to head of household,
  • Types of families receiving assistance (e.g., one-parent, two-parent, child-only), and
  • Families by the number of children in the family.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/national-tribal-tanf-characteristics-data


Webinar: Broadening the Scope of Work Activities: Using Cultural Activities in Tribal Communities, March 2013

The Office of Family Assistance through the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network hosted a Webinar, "Broadening the Scope of Work Activities: Using Cultural Activities in Tribal Communities." The Webinar provided an opportunity for participants to hear from Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs that count cultural activities as work activities to meet their work participation rates. Information on program models, designs, and implementation, along with populations served, partnerships, and challenges to service delivery were shared. A representative from OFA's Division of Tribal TANF Management provided an overview of allowable work activities and the unique provisions of Tribal TANF programs.

Tribal Work Activities - Transcript [PDF - 251 KB]

Tribal Work Activities - PowerPoint Slides [PDF - 6,237 KB]

Tribal Work Activities - Audio Recording [MP3 - 42,215 KB]


Tribal Consultation Gets Results, February 2013

The Administration for Children and Families is determined to engage in a meaningful dialog with Tribes that results in better policy.

For more information, please see: http://tinyurl.com/ConsulationGetsResults


ACF addresses impact of the Cobell Settlement, January 2013

ACF to host a Webinar for Tribal grantees to learn about some of the various financial protection tools available for individuals, organizations, and Tribes.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2013/01/acf-addresses-impact-of-the-cobell-settlement


Overview of Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Supportive Services, 2013

This practice brief from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) comes out of the ongoing evaluation of the five Tribal HPOG grantees, each of which was awarded a demonstration grant for a period of five years. Within the Tribal HPOG programs, supportive services are offered alongside the career pathways model used to train students for careers in the health care field. These services are a key component of the programs, as students often face multiple barriers to completing their training. This brief highlights the supports offered by the five programs and examines the similarities and differences among programs.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/hpog_practice_brief_supportive_services_june_2013_0.pdf


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Caseload Data Fiscal and Calendar Year 2012, 2013

The Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, has released Caseload Data for Fiscal and Calendar Year 2012 with caseload, expenditure, and work participation data for State and Tribal TANF programs.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/data-reports


Working With American Indian Children and Families, November 2012

States and jurisdictions work with Tribes on child welfare issues in many different ways. In some cases, Tribes run their own child welfare systems; in other instances, Tribes receive different degrees of funding and services from the State or counties. In all cases, workers from non-Tribal cultural backgrounds will benefit from learning about Indian history, relevant Federal laws, and cultural considerations. This resource page from the Child Welfare Information Gateway is designed to help non-Indian child welfare workers and agencies find resources on issues relevant to working with American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.

For more information, please see: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/cultural/families/americanindian/index.cfm


Region V-VIII Tribal TANF Workshop, August 2012

On August 14 and 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions V, VI, VII, and VIII convened the 2012 Regions V, VI, VII, and VIII Tribal TANF Workshop in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed to bring together Tribal TANF program directors and other key stakeholders, this workshop focused on the dual issues of effectively providing services to Tribal families in a recovering economy and helping TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. Workshop attendees were provided with opportunities to strategically engage with their peers in order to share promising practices and the latest research, as well as to plan ways to improve TANF programming for low-income families. Over the course of the day and a half workshop a number of specific topics were covered including: Dialogue with the OFA Division of Tribal TANF Management; Youth Programming and Summer Youth Employment; Subsidized Employment Programs and Employer Engagement; Use of Skill-Building Activities; Audits, Financial and Grants Management, and Data Reporting; Collaboration with Child Support Enforcement and Child Welfare; and Financial Literacy and Asset Building. The wide reach of the workshop was evident with 24 Tribes represented from four OFA Regions. During the workshop, Tribal TANF program representatives also spent time networking and dialoguing on their program strengths, challenges, partnerships, and program policies/integrity, to garner new and innovative ideas from others for serving their TANF participants.

Blackfeet Manpower One-Stop Center [PDF - 2,882 KB]

TANF - ICW Collaboration Project [PDF - 1,995 KB]

Health Profession Opportunity Grants [PDF - 642 KB]

Subsidized Employment Programs and Employer Engagement [PDF - 121 KB]

Chippewa Cree Tribe TANF and Child Welfare Initiative [PDF - 1,740 KB]

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin [PDF - 2,622 KB]

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Labor [PDF - 381 KB]

Spokane Tribe of Indians 477 Summer Youth Employment [PDF - 388 KB]

Lakota Funds - Creating Opportunities on the Pine Ridge Reservation [PDF - 14,437 KB]

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Summer Youth Program [PDF - 533 KB]

College of Menominee Nation- HPOG Nursing Career Ladder [PDF - 1,636 KB]

CSKT's Summer Youth Program [PDF - 89 KB]

Financial Literacy and Asset Building From a Tribal Perspective [PDF - 192 KB]

Youth Work Experience Program [PDF - 917 KB]

Regions V, VI, VII, VIII Tribal Workshop Summary Report [PDF - 666 KB]


Webinar -- Case Management: A Tribal Perspective, July 2012

Kauffman & Associates Incorporated hosted a Webinar entitled "Case Management: A Tribal Perspective." This Webinar introduced Tribal involvement in case management, a major step for Tribes to enhance access to long-term services and supports. The Webinar discussed key issues surrounding Tribal case management: what is case management; why Tribal case management; Federal and State Medicaid regulations; the certification process; how to address issues of cultural competency; and State-Tribal agreements.

For more information, please see: http://www.kauffmaninc.com/ltss/Video/webinar_7-25-2012.html


Region X Tribal TANF Institute, June 2012

On June 27-28, 2012 the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X hosted a Tribal TANF Institute in Seattle, Washington bringing together Tribal TANF stakeholders throughout the Region to engage in dialogue and action planning on a variety of topics. The Institute featured presenters from the Tanana Chiefs Conference and their coaches from the Promising Pathways Initiative who led Institute attendees in sessions on data collection and TANF staff collaboration, developing process maps and logic models, and connecting Information Systems/Information Technology and TANF. Other sessions included: a facilitated conversation with the Tribes on work participation in rural areas; a panel on Child Welfare and Tribal TANF collaboration that included representatives from the Region X Child Welfare office, Mark Kimball from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and Don Shircel from the Tanana Chiefs Conference; Pamela Panther from the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency and Ilene Stohl from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence who presented on the Family Violence Option and how to successfully develop and implement a comprehensive response to domestic violence; and Christy Finsel, a consultant, and Karen "Jack" Granberg who led a session on creating an Individual Development Account (IDA) program within Tribal TANF programs.

Agenda [PDF - 275 KB]

Report [PDF - 1,562 KB]

Speaker Information: Speaker Biographies [PDF - 266 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 223 KB]

Participant Lists: Participant List [PDF - 291 KB] HHS ACF Staff List [PDF - 226 KB] Contractor Staff List [PDF - 216 KB]

Promising Pathways and TCC Session: Promising Pathways Overview [PDF - 434 KB] Presentation [PDF - 560 KB] Other Sample Logic Models [PDF - 778 KB]

Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network: WPTA Outreach Presentation [PDF - 506 KB]

Child Welfare and Tribal TANF Collaboration: Child Welfare Presentation [PDF - 151 KB]

Family Violence Option Presentation [PDF - 1,141 KB]

Individual Development Accounts (IDA): Presentation [PDF - 338 KB] IDA Comparison [PDF - 277 KB] Native Financial Education [PDF - 25 KB] TANF IDA ACF Guidance 2012 [PDF - 87 KB] ACF OFA TANF IDA Questions and Answers [PDF - 292 KB]


Webinar: Region X Tribal TANF – Summer Youth Employment, May 2012

On May 16, 2012 the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X hosted a Webinar on how Tribal TANF programs can use Federal TANF and State maintenance-of-effort (MOE) funds for the creation and expansion of subsidized summer youth employment programs. The Webinar provided information on how Tribes have operated summer youth employment programs within a Tribal TANF System, strategies for leveraging funds for subsidized youth employment programs through Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and presented promising practices of Tribal TANF agencies that currently operate summer youth employment programs. The Webinar was facilitated by Judy Ogliore and Karen "Jack" Granberg from Region X, and included presentations from Tammy Kieffer, the 477 Youth Employment Coordinator for the Spokane Tribe in Washington State; Lu Ann Warrington, the Assistance Director of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; and Arlene Templer, the Director of the Department of Human Resource Development for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

Region x SYE Webinar Slides [PDF - 2,754 KB]

Region X SYE Webinar Transcript [PDF - 1,014 KB]


Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-being for Children and Families in Child Welfare, 2012

This report highlights the funding efforts of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families in fiscal year 2012. Of particular note to TANF and Tribal TANF programs are the Family Connections Grants which fund seven programs designed to increase collaboration between TANF and child welfare agencies and increase awareness about Kinship Navigator programs. Kinship Navigator programs provide information and direction to relatives (often grandparents) who are caring for a child about programs and services that may be available to assist the family. The programs funded through the Family Connections Grants will last a period of three years.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/acyf_fy2012_projects_summary.pdf


Mending the Sacred Hoop, 2012

Mending the Sacred Hoop is an organization charged with ending violence against Native women and children. Violence against all women is a social problem that has wide-ranging consequences for society. As such, it requires social change to help alleviate the problem. Native women are the highest victimized population by perpetrators of all racial groups in the United States. The Sacred Hoop Tribal Domestic Violence Coalition works to build the capacity of survivors, advocates, Native women’s organizations, and victim service providers to end violence against Native women in Minnesota. Mending the Sacred Hoop also has a Technical Assistance Project, which provides technical assistance to the Office on Violence Against Women Tribal grantees.

For more information, please see: http://www.mshoop.org/


ACF/OFA Regions V and VII Tribal TANF Meeting, August 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions V and VII hosted 14 Tribes, community stakeholders and topical experts at the 2011 Tribal TANF Meeting in Prior Lake, Minnesota on August 16th and 17th, 2011. The conference agenda featured experts and presenters who helped Tribal TANF programs strategize to develop stronger programs that would better serve their participants. Presenters discussed reauthorization, working with State governments, managing data, meeting fiscal requirements and other critical issues relevant to the Tribes in Regions V and VII. The meeting was designed with ample opportunity for Tribal TANF programs to share amongst themselves, interact with their Tribal Council members and ACF.

Agenda [PDF - 742 KB] Final Report [PDF - 1,622 KB] Participant List [PDF - 1,724 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 122 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 857 KB]

Additional Resources: OFA Online Resources [PDF - 1,194 KB] Tribal TANF and CCDF Guide Tribal TANF Audit Supplement

Session Materials: Coding Instructions for Tribal TANF [PDF - 159 KB] Coding Instructions for Work Participation Status [PDF - 30 KB]

Tribal TANF: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Self-Determination Presentation [PDF - 1,089 KB]

State - Tribal Relations: Build, Foster, and Preserve: Lesa Evers Presentation [PDF - 1,470 KB]

Data Based Decision Making Presentation [PDF - 374 KB] Data Decision Making Work Participation Rate Wheel [PDF - 137 KB]


Improving Families' Well-Being During Challenging Times: 2011 Bi-Regional State TANF and Tribal TANF Directors Conference, August 2011

Families across the nation have been hit hard by the recent economic recession and TANF families and other low-income families have disproportionately witnessed increased poverty, unemployment, and underemployment. The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Regions VI and VIII convened the Improving Families’ Well-Being during Challenging Times: 2011 Bi-Regional TANF and Tribal TANF Directors ’ Conference in Denver, Colorado, on August 1-4, 2011 to discuss the impact on TANF programs and foster peer dialogue around practical solutions to challenges facing TANF programs and recipients. This year’s conference provided State and Tribal TANF Directors from Regions VI and VIII with the opportunity to engage with Federal, State and Tribal partners through interactive sessions and discussions around promising program models and strategies for improving service delivery to families. Over the conference's four days, attendees engaged in a variety of sessions that included specific topic areas such as the impact of the recent recession on low-income families and State policy responses to the recession. The participants also engaged in discussions and informative workshops on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, increased program efficiencies and streamlined services, enhancing career pathways, TANF Flexibility and Reauthorization, effective assessment and service options for domestic violence survivors, Tribal and State TANF child welfare and kinship care, improving State-Tribal relations, preventing fraud, waste and abuse, and Tribal TANF program accountability and implementation.

Agenda [PDF - 867 KB] Final Report [PDF - 6,495 KB]

Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse: Overview of the Office of Inspector General and Grant Fraud Schemes [PDF - 2,015 KB] HHS-OIG Map Participant List [PDF - 2,827 KB] Speaker List [PDF - 786 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 254 KB]

The Rocky Road Back: Prospects for Low-Income Clients to Become Self-Sufficient: Presentation [PDF - 4,848 KB]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its Impact on Low-Income Families and Workers: Presentation [PDF - 104 KB]

Improving Economic Self-Sufficiency through Increased Program Efficiencies and Streamlined Services: Streamlining Services: Presentation [PDF - 222 KB] Utah's Testing Concepts through a Pilot Handout [PDF - 31 KB] The Path to Change: Presentation [PDF - 3,382 KB] El Paso County DHS: Presentation [PDF - 909 KB]

Enhancing Career Pathways through Community College Connections and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Health Professions Opportunities Grants Program: ACF National HPOG Study: Presentation [PDF - 2,083 KB] Kentucky's TANF Collaboration: Presentation [PDF - 184 KB] Labor Market Payoff: Presentation [PDF - 125 KB] Project HOPE: Presentation [PDF - 1,152 KB]

The ASSET Initiative: Status of Asset-Building Strategies in Region VI States: ASSET Initiative: Presentation [PDF - 724 KB] ASSET Initiative Goals Handout [PDF - 580 KB]

Effective Assessment and Service Options for Domestic Violence Survivors: TANF/Child Support and Domestic Violence: Building Opportunities for Victim Safety and Economic Stability: Presentation [PDF - 915 KB] NCADV State Coalition List Handout [PDF - 46 KB] NCADV Web Links [PDF - 156 KB] NCADV Posters [PDF - 735 KB] Child Support Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence [PDF - 436 KB] Barriers for Native Americans Facing Domestic Violence Fact Sheet [PDF - 77 KB] Colorado Cost Benefit Analysis [PDF - 163 KB] Colorado Domestic Violence Screening Document [PDF - 57 KB] Safe Town Domestic Violence Training [PDF - 2,380 KB] Domestic Violence in Native American Communities: Presentation [PDF - 543 KB]

Tribal TANF, Child Welfare, and Kinship Care: Denver Indian Family Resource Center: Presentation [PDF - 993 KB] Tribal TANF and Child Welfare: Systematic Partnership Potential: Presentation [PDF - 208 KB]

State TANF, Child Welfare, and Kinship Care: Louisiana's Kinship Care Subsidy Program: Presentation [PDF - 587 KB] El Paso County Kinship Handout [PDF - 37 KB] El Paso County Family Services Team Brochure [PDF - 136 KB]

Improving State/Tribal Relations: State - Tribal Relations: Build, Foster and Preserve: Presentation [PDF - 1,476 KB] Legislative Commission on Indian Services: Presentation [PDF - 570 KB] Oregon Key Contacts Directory [PDF - 774 KB] Oregon DHS 2010 Government-to-Government Report [PDF - 580 KB] LCIS Site Map [PDF - 101 KB] LCIS Fast Facts Brochure [PDF - 359 KB] LCIS Foundations Brochure [PDF - 211 KB]

Tribal TANF Program Accountability: Challenges and Strategies for Success: Tribal Accountability Challenges and Strategies for Success: Presentation [PDF - 1,297 KB] Developing Effective Policies and Procedures for TANF Programs: Presentation [PDF - 223 KB] Developing Tribal TANF Policies and Procedures Checklist [PDF - 73 KB] Audit Matrix Handout [PDF - 599 KB]


Region IX Tribal TANF Meeting (Arizona Tribes), August 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region IX hosted six Tribes from Arizona, community stakeholders and topical experts at the 2011 Tribal TANF Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 8th and 9th, 2011. The conference agenda featured experts and presenters who helped Tribal TANF representatives strategize to develop stronger programs that would better serve their participants. Tribes were provided with ideas and models for handling data management, working with domestic violence survivors, implementing programs that respond to TANF Purposes 3 and 4 and ensuring that fraud is detected. The conference was designed to provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning to enhance Tribal TANF programs and create opportunities for self-sufficiency while maintaining each Tribes’ individual culture and traditions.

Agenda [PDF - 105 KB] Participant List [PDF - 131 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 20 KB]

Addressing Domestic Violence within the Tribal TANF Caseload: Presentation [PDF - 482 KB]

Data Management: Presentation [PDF - 531 KB] The Process of Collecting, Reporting, and Sharing Tribal TANF Data Handout [PDF - 64 KB]

Fraud Detection: Presentation [PDF - 5,757 KB]

TANF Purposes 3 and 4: Presentation [PDF - 3,728 KB]

Technical Assistance Options for Tribal TANF Programs: Presentation [PDF - 751 KB]

Working with the State: Presentation [PDF - 478 KB] Engagement in Additional Activities Summary and Analysis Handout [PDF - 181 KB] Report on Engagement in Additional Work Activities [PDF - 51 KB]

2011 Regional Tribal TANF Directors' Meetings: Short Summaries [PDF - 594 KB]

Summary Report [PDF - 1,546 KB]


Findings from the National Resource Center for Tribes Technical Assistance Needs Assessment, July 2011

The National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes), a member of the Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Network, recently conducted a needs assessment of practices within Tribal child welfare among federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribes. The report summarizes the need for specific technical assistance in five main areas within Tribal child welfare programs: (1) Tribal child welfare practice, (2) foster care and adoption, (3) the Indian Child Welfare Act, (4) legal and judicial, and (5) Tribal child welfare operations. Overall, the report recognized the need for a strengthened culturally-based Tribal Child Welfare infrastructure that provided increased communication between Tribes in order to share practices and knowledge as well as effective staff recruitment and training. The report also provides an overview of Tribal child welfare programs and a summary of the methods exercised in conducting the needs assessment.

To view the Web site, please see: http://www.nrc4tribes.org/announcements/needs

To view the report, please see: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bnJjNHRyaWJlcy5vcmd8Y29weXxneDozMWEyMTg0NTk3MzE3Yjdh


Region IX Tribal TANF Meeting (California and Nevada Tribes), July 2011

The Region IX Administration for Children and Families convened a meeting for the Region IX Tribal TANF grantees in California and Nevada in July of 2011. The meeting, the first of two, provided TANF directors and administrators with an open forum for discussing critical issues impacting their TANF participants and to network both amongst themselves and with Region IX leadership. The meeting brought together TANF programs to discuss and share information on detecting and investigating fraud and supporting victims of domestic violence on their path to achieving self-sufficiency. The meeting was held July 27-28, 2011, in San Francisco, California.

Agenda [PDF - 114 KB] Participant List [PDF - 142 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 116 KB]

Fraud Detection, Prevention, Investigation, and Prosecution: Presentation [PDF - 5,757 KB] July Intercom Newsletter [PDF - 745 KB] March Intercom Newsletter [PDF - 377 KB]

Domestic Violence in Indian Country: Strategies for Improving Assessment, Service Delivery, and Employability for Tribal DV Survivors: Presentation [PDF - 4,314 KB] Tribal TANF DV Resources [PDF - 82 KB] Tracing the Path of Violence Resource [PDF - 263 KB] DV Case Scenario [PDF - 45 KB] Sundance Handout [PDF - 30 KB]

Welfare Peer Technical Assistance for Tribal TANF Programs: Presentation [PDF - 786 KB]

2011 Regional Tribal TANF Directors' Meetings: Short Summaries [PDF - 594 KB]

Summary Report [PDF - 602 KB]


Region X Tribal TANF Case Management Training, May 2011

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance Region X Office held the Alaska Tribal TANF Case Managers Training to address Alaska Tribal TANF organizations’ request for case management training. The meeting was held in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 3-5, 2011.

Final Report [PDF - 361 KB]


Region X Tribal TANF Fiscal and Data Meeting, April 2011

Acknowledging the needs of Tribal TANF programs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X Office convened the Region X Tribal TANF Fiscal and Data Meeting in Seattle, Washington, on April 26-27, 2011. The meeting was a direct response to requests of Tribal TANF Programs regarding further guidance on data management, processing, reporting, and fiscal procedures.

Final Report [PDF - 286 KB]


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Updated - Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit, October 2012, October 2102

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, the Urban Partnerships Initiative is a project designed to improve outcomes for low-income families by facilitating peer exchange among TANF stakeholders in urban centers. One outcome of this project, the Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit, disseminates information on promising practices to the human services community. The toolkit is a collection of resources, templates, examples, and instruments to assist TANF administrators in achieving the goal of supporting families on the path to self-sufficiency.

The Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit, a collection of innovative and promising practices representing 26 cities of the Urban Partnerships Initiative from around the country, has been updated in 2012 with updated tools and programmatic updates for existing programs featured in the toolkit. The toolkit is a dynamic resource to help cities address some of the unique issues facing low-income populations, including those associated with substance abuse, poor mental health conditions, former incarceration, recent immigration, learning disabilities, and others. TANF administrators and others can find relevant tools related to intake, case management, work attachment, work retention, and transitional services.

Click Here to view the Toolkit


The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income, August 2012

From the Pew Research Center for Social and Demographic Trends, a report was released describing the trends over time in the household income composition of America's neighborhoods or census tracts. The report focused on the characteristics of lower, middle, and upper-income households. Across the United States, residential segregation by income has increased during the past three decades. Increases are due to long-term rise in income inequality. This analysis report covers the significant differences among the nation's 10 most populous metropolitan areas in the patterns and degree of residential segregation by income.

For more information, please see: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2012/08/Rise-of-Residential-Income-Segregation-2012.2.pdf


Dynamics of Neighborhood Quality in Chicago, June 2012

This report was authored by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), and includes an evaluation of the New Communities Program (NCP). The NCP is a 10-year initiative to improve the conditions in distressed neighborhoods in Chicago. Authors explore the relationship between quality-of-life indicators over time in terms of safety, housing, and the local economy. Specifically, few of the indicators were strongly correlated at the same point in time, but they may occur before or after another indicator. For example, foreclosures were found to precede crime in these neighborhoods.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/636/full.pdf


The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s, November 2011

From the Brookings Institution, this report includes an analysis of data on neighborhood poverty from the 2005–2009 American Community Surveys and Census 2000. The data reveals that after declining in the 1990s, the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods rose by one-third from 2000 to 2005–2009. Additionally, concentrated poverty doubled in Midwest metropolitan areas and rose by one-third in the South’s metropolitan areas. Authors speculate that this rise in poverty from the recession will further increase the concentration of poor individuals in extreme poverty neighborhoods.

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Building Neighborhoods of Opportunity: White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Report, July 2011

The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is a strategy of the Obama Administration to improve collaboration across Federal agencies and provide resources to distressed neighborhoods to address poverty. This White House report highlights lessons learned from organizations focused on revitalizing neighborhoods around the country and provides practical support for practitioners and policymakers alike. Authors describe five key characteristics of neighborhood revitalization which include resident engagement and community leadership, partnership development, research and evaluation driven results, organizational capacity building, and strategic resource alignment.

For more information, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/nri_report.pdf


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