Peer Connections

Recently Asked Questions

August 17, 2018
A representative from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services would like to know how states help a TANF participant when they face a barrier such as a traffic fine/ticket, license reinstatement, felony expungement, or other legal expenses that prevents them from obtaining or retaining employment.
June 25, 2018
Idaho is interested in hearing from states who have used TANF funds for relative placement for the first 60 days of a child coming into Foster Care.

Innovative Programs

The Peer Technical Assistance Network values peer-to-peer engagement. These innovative programs have been successful in helping Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ participants achieve self-sufficiency, and may help facilitate the creation of peer-to-peer matches between and among States.

To encourage more participants in Reach Up (Vermont’s TANF program) to consider higher education, the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF), Northeast Kingdom Community Action Agency, and the Community College of Vermont (CCV) partnered to create the PREP (Post-secondary Readiness and Engagement Program) pilot.
The Building Wealth and Health Network pilots a trauma-informed approach to peer support and financial empowerment. Network cohort members meet regularly to discuss goal setting, financial management, and other topics that foster resilience and empowerment.

Field Connections/Contact Information

These agencies and organizations may be valuable to users of the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network.

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA), within the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996.

Based on input from practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) has been designed as a one-stop portal for self-sufficiency information to connect research to policy and practice. The SSRC, located at www.opressrc.org, provides high quality, timely research and evaluation on self-sufficiency, and has been designed to enhance collaboration and partnerships between and among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners representing cross-disciplinary areas.