Welcome to the UPI Toolkit

Welcome to the Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit. We hope that learning about promising practices, drawn from urban centers around the country, will help you craft policies and programs in your own city.

As you may know, the Urban Partnerships Initiative is a project designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, to improve outcomes for low-income families by facilitating peer exchange among TANF stakeholders in urban centers. The Urban Partnerships Initiative is committed to supporting the work of TANF stakeholders in urban environments by promoting shared learning, enhancing cities' performance management systems, and developing strategies to improve services to families so they may achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

This Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit represents the next phase of disseminating information on promising practices to the human services community. The toolkit is a collection of resources, templates, examples, and instruments that will assist TANF administrators in achieving the goal of supporting families on a path to self-sufficiency. The toolkit is a dynamic resource to help cities address some of the unique issues facing low-income populations, including those associated with substance abuse, poor mental health conditions, former incarceration, recent immigration, learning disabilities, and others.

Thank you for visiting the Urban Partnerships Initiative Online Toolkit. We are confident the information it presents will offer you new and innovative approaches to your work.


Lisa Washington-Thomas
Chief, TANF Technical Assistance Branch