Peer Connections

Recently Asked Questions

September 21, 2018
A question was asked by a State representative at a recent OFA Regional Workshop: How do you encourage trust from participants to communicate freely on barriers such as substance use in order to best meet their needs? What promising methods do you use to endear that trust?
August 17, 2018
A representative from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services would like to know how states help TANF participants 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.

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.

UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC measures the social and economic success of its mission through Reduced Recidivism, Increased Employability, and Increased Educational Attainment. Founded in 1999 in response to gang violence in Lowell, MA. They serve older youth (ages 17-25) from Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA who have histories of incarceration or serious gang involvement. UTEC is nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved...

Originally founded in 1998 as Dress for Success Midwest, Connections to Success is a nonprofit organization serving Kansas, Missouri and Illinois that empowers individuals in their transformation to economic stability. As an OFA Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education grantee, CTS provides workforce training, life coaching, relationship education, and intergenerational support to low-resourced individuals and families.

Their mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by helping people living in challenging situations re-establish hope, get connected with needed...

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.