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Information from the Welfare Peer TA Network

17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, May 2014

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting the 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) on May 28 - 30, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. WREC is a leading forum for researchers, practitioners, program operators, State and local administrators, Federal officials, and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. The conference will focus on programs, policies, and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency and well-being. This conference is free and open to the public. There is no fee to register to attend. The registration deadline for general participants is May 9, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.cvent.com/events/17th-annual-welfare-research-and-evaluation-conference/event-summary-ef52a3ff2e2d46a3a530b998189e4fd0.aspx


"Tribal Child Support and Tribal TANF: Beyond the Basics" Webinar, April 2014

The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management, in partnership with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is pleased to announce a Webinar "Tribal Child Support and Tribal TANF: Beyond the Basics" scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

In July 2013, OFA and OCSE hosted a webinar, "Partnering for Children: Collaboration Between Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support," on the goals and objectives of the Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support program, including conditions of eligibility for both programs. Materials from that webinar can be found here. The upcoming webinar, "Tribal Child Support and Tribal TANF: Beyond the Basics," will build on the concepts of the previous webinar, focusing on topics such as:

  • organizational structure and location;
  • communication and coordination;
  • policies and procedures;
  • finances and shared resources;
  • systems; and
  • outcomes and challenges.

The intended audience for this webinar is any Tribe or Tribal staff interested in learning more about the partnership opportunities between Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support programs. This webinar offers the audience an opportunity to hear from current Tribal TANF and Tribal Child Support program administrators. The webinar will be presented jointly by Federal and Tribal TANF and Child Support staff.

Register here for "Tribal Child Support and Tribal TANF: Beyond the Basics" Webinar.


Funding Opportunity: $450M in U.S. Department of Labor Grants Available to Expand Job-Driven Training Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers, April 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $450 million in grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. These grants are being implemented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, and aim to strengthen career pathways and enhance the way employment and education data are used to assess programs across the country. Community colleges and other public, proprietary, or nonprofit educational institutions that offer two-year programs and are accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible to apply. Applications are due by July 7, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253993


Funding Opportunity: Approximately $58M in Grants Available to Support Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs, April 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $58 million in grant funding through the Workforce Investment Act Section 166 Indian and Native American Program. The purpose of the grants is to improve the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian adults and youth, making them more competitive in the workforce. Approximately 170 grants will be awarded, with approximately $46 million designated for assistance to unemployed and low-income Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian adults, and $12 million designated for Native American youth living on or near Indian reservations. Grant applications are due April 23, 2014.

Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs [PDF - 321 KB]


Graduation Day: How Dads' Involvement Impacts Higher Education Success, April 2014

On April 23, 2014 from 12:00pm-1:30pm, the American Enterprise Institute will be hosting a panel presentation to discuss the connection between father involvement and a child's graduation from college. Panelists will outline the impacts of socioeconomic background on paternal involvement, and will explore how public policy and culture can contribute to a child's educational success. Interested participants who are unable to attend the event in Washington, DC may stream the event live from the registration page.

To register for the event, please click: here.


HHS, DOL and HUD Issue Joint Letter Encouraging Summer Youth Employment Efforts, April 2014

The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have issued a letter to their respective customers encouraging partnerships among the network of state and local youth service and workforce development providers, human service agencies, and Public Housing Agencies to develop summer jobs programs for needy and at-risk youth that provide employment, educational experiences, and essential skills such as financial literacy and time management.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/resource/hhs-dol-and-hud-issue-joint-letter-encouraging-summer-youth-employment-efforts


U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness' Interagency Work Group on Ending Family Homelessness, 2014

The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the Federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.

For more information, please see: http://usich.gov/


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Research and Resources from the Field

Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?, March 2014

The Institute for Research on Poverty recently released a short report that provides an overview of the evidence on employment instability in the United States. The report also includes information about some opportunities and challenges facing policymakers and researchers interested in promoting employment stability in the current economic and political context.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF19-2014.pdf


Preventing and Addressing Tuberculosis among People Experiencing Homelessness, March 2014

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness recently released a fact sheet on preventing and addressing tuberculosis among people experiencing homelessness. According to the authors, ttuberculosis is a serious health concern for people experiencing homelessness and those working with homeless populations. The authors noted that tuberculosis rates are ten times higher for people experiencing homelessness, and of the patients involved in tuberculosis outbreaks investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010 – 2012, over half did not have a place to call home.

For more information, please see: http://usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/TB_Fact_Sheet_FINAL.pdf


The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults, March 2014

The Brookings Institution recently released an interactive tool that takes a comprehensive look at the state of the job market for America's youth in the nation for each of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Users are able to select a city from the dropdown menu and then view data about the specific employment rates, disconnected youth, race/ethnicity, education levels, and poverty status. Interested users are also able to download this information. The report also includes a number of strategies to reduce youth joblessness and labor force underutilization.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/labor-market-metro-areas-teens-young-adults?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=12223980&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--3


Approximately $73 Million in YouthBuild Grants to Help Disadvantaged Youth Develop Job and Leadership Skills, February 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $73 million in YouthBuild grant funds to develop programs that will help out-of-school youth complete high school or General Educational Development programs, as well as learn critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology, and other in-demand fields. The department will award approximately 75 grants with a maximum funding of up to $1.1 million each. The grants will be awarded to organizations that oversee education and employment services for disadvantaged youths in their communities. The deadline to apply for the grant is April 22, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=youthbuild


Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI): A Guide for TANF Staff Members, February 2014

The Administration of Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released a brief that describes the basic SSI disability determination process and compares and contrasts it with several procedures different TANF agencies use to identify recipients who meet TANF work-limitation criteria in States or localities. It goes on to discuss topics including different strategies TANF agencies use to assess which individuals are most likely to qualify for SSI.

For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/understanding-supplemental-security-income-ssi-guide-tanf-staff-members


From Multiple Program Participation to Disconnection in Wisconsin, November 2012

The Institute for the Research on Poverty released an article that explores the declining availability of cash welfare, and the effects of an income support system that increasingly provides benefits that complement, rather than replace, paid work. According to the authors, these realities raise concerns about families disconnected from work and welfare. The article analyzes how patterns of disconnection vary for different program participation populations, across cohorts and over time for a given cohort, and by different definitions of "disconnection."

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/focus/pdfs/foc282c.pdf


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