Peer Connections

Recently Asked Questions

December 11, 2017
A representative from Hawaii would like to know what efforts have states who have raised their minimum wage taken to address and/or minimize the “cliff effect”, especially as they transition off. What types of support services are they offering and do they offer any monetary assistance/support/vouchers, etc.?
December 11, 2017
A representative from Hawaii would like to know if there any other State TANF programs that offer services or have partnerships that assist/support Runaway Youth or Unaccompanied Youth. If yes, what are the allowable ways to fund these efforts and how have the States met TANF requirements and what types of services are they providing these youth?

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.

Translated as “extended family” from Hawaiian, ‘Ohana Nui is Hawaii’s adaptation of the national two-generation philosophy. Hawaii DHS designed the ‘Ohana Nui strategy to introduce this philosophy and capitalize on the multigenerational family structure common in the state. It provides a new framework for the design and delivery of services that support improved well-being and self-sufficiency for vulnerable children and parents. An anti-poverty strategy initiated in 2016, ‘Ohana Nui seeks to address the needs of the whole family, including housing, food and nutrition, health and wellness,...
Sitting Bull College operates an AmeriCorps-funded GED project providing tutoring and testing services for individuals in North and South Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The program’s importance is underpinned by the reservation’s 45 percent high school dropout rate and growing numbers of entry-level jobs that require a high school education.

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, 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.