The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions I through IV hosted the OFA Regions I-IV East Coast TANF Directors’ Meeting, Leveraging Partnerships to Help Families Achieve Economic Stability, on July 24-26, 2018 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.
Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training. In 1999, Vehicles for Change opened outside of Baltimore, Maryland. After building its program in the Maryland-Virginia-Washington D.C. region, VFC began work to replicate those programs nationally, aiming to bring independent transportation and training in the automotive field to as many people as possible.
Promising practices include:
This report from the Urban Institute highlights the work of three community-based organizations taking part in the JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work Initiative. It showcases promising approaches and strategies to engage employers to fill their employment needs and train workers to meet these needs.
Question / Response(s)
A representative from Rainbow Services, a domestic violence agency in Southern California, is interested in learning about transportation programs available to help support participants. Can anyone share about innovative transportation programs in their area?
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.
This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the transportation needs of TANF clients, evaluating the impact of Washington State’s Transportation Initiative for TANF Adults – a 2015-2016 pilot project that sought to expand transit options for TANF participants allowing more access to work-related activities.
Question / Response(s)
A representative from the Vermont Agency of Human Services – Economic Services Division would like to know about transportation solutions for rural communities. Have states used Uber to transport participants? What are other transportation methods that are cost effective and can meet transportation needs in rural areas?
This brief, published by the Urban Institute, argues for a shift in thinking beyond the “cars versus transit” mentality which isolates urban poor from economic opportunities. Car access is often restrictive for poor families, immigrants, and people of color. Yet at the same time, public transport is often cumbersome or inaccessible – especially for those outside of the densest urban areas.
This article analyzes whether access to automobiles and public transport affect employment outcomes for low-income individuals. The authors use longitudinal survey data from participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program, which was conducted in five metropolitan areas between 1999 and 2005. Multiple logistic regression shows that access to automobiles has a strong positive correlation to employment. However, neither access to public transport nor registered housing assistance has an impact on job attainment.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), hosted the Gateway to Opportunity: Improving Parental Employment and Family Well-Being Outcomes national TANF convening on September 1 – September 3, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel.