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HandsNet Weekly Digest
8/1-8/8/98

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**Alerts:
"CHILD CARE/VIOLENCE PREV'N/BUDGET BILL UPDATE" The House has passed a
budget
resolution that includes a massive $101 billion tax cut that would be paid
for
by cutting programs to low-income children and families. The Senate has
passed
its own version of a budget resolution with $30 billion in tax cuts. The
House
and Senate will attempt to resolve their budget differences after the
August
recess. Members of Congress must hear that children and their families
cannot
afford slashes in Medicaid, cash aid, benefits for those with disabilities,
food
stamps, or the Earned Income Tax Credit and Congress should oppose cutting
services and benefits needed by poor and moderate income families in order
to
fund expensive tax cuts largely benefiting the wealthy. For more details,
contact CDFupdate@childrensdefense.org (Alerts!)

"HUD BUDGETS FAIL SECTION 8 HOUSING" The House and Senate have adopted
differing
HUD appropriations bills, H.R. 4194 and S. 2168. For most HUD programs,
Congress
would maintain or modestly increase funding levels. However, Congress falls
short of the Administration's proposal for 108,000 new Section 8
certificates
and vouchers. Furthermore, the House would continue, while the
Administration
and the Senate would repeal, the "90 day rule." This provision requires
that,
when a Section 8 certificate is turned in, the housing authority must hold
it
back for 90 days before making it available again. Approximately 30,000 -
40,000
families on waiting lists are denied assistance each year because of this
rule.
For more information, contact Connecticut Housing Coalition,
HN0332@handsnet.org
(Alerts!)

"CHIP UPDATE" HCFA issued the fifth set of the Administration's Responses
to
Questions about the State Children's Health Insurance Program. This series
of 40
questions and answers, like the four earlier sets, are posted on the HCFA
web
page at http://www.hcfa.gov/init/children.htm. Responses address questions
that
include coverage, the state payment process, state plan development, and
eligibility. Please call, write, e-mail, fax with CHIP developments in your
state that may be of assistance to your colleagues elsewhere--best
practices,
pretty good practices, worst practices: email Vicky Pulos,
vpulos@familiesusa.org, or Rachel Klein, rklein@familiesusa.org. (Alerts!)

**Children, Youth & Families:
"USE BUDGET SURPLUS FOR CHILDREN" Child Welfare League of America,
HN3898@handsnet.org, calls on the President and Congress to use part of the
$1.6
trillion budget surplus to invest in children and families. David
Liederman,
executive director of CWLA, says the organization is appalled that even
with a
budget surplus, the House is still threatening to cut budget programs aimed
at
children, families and seniors. For more information, contact Joyce
Johnson,
Press Secretary, at jjohnson@cwla.org or 202/942-0244 (CYF/Child
Welfare/Hot
Topics & Child Welfare Chat)

"HOUSE BILL CRIPPLES YOUTH WORK INITIATIVES" In H.R. 4274, the Labor-HHS FY
99
spending bill, the House wreaked havoc on programs meant to assist
low-income
youth trying to gain a foothold in the workforce. House appropriators
eliminated
the $871 million Summer Youth Jobs Program, despite a 1995 report
concluding
that more than three out of four youths enrolled in the program would have
been
jobless without it. The bill also slashed $100 million from the
School-to-Work
program and abolished the new $250 million Out-of-School initiative. Call
your
representatives and urge them to vote against H.R. 4274; call the Capitol
switchboard at 202/224-3121. For more info contact Lisa Ranghelli,
ranghellil@commchange.org (Housing-Cmty Dev/Public Policy/CCC Policy
Alerts)

"FOSTER PARENT ASSN RFP" The 28-year-old National Foster Parents
Association,
which has relied on volunteers to carry out its functions, is now issuing a
Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide Management Services for the
Association.
Interested individuals or organizations should contact Irene Clements, 7231
FM
1044, Marion, TX 78124. Proposals are due by August 28, 1998; the contract
would
begin November 1, 1998. CWLA, HN3898@handsnet.org (CYF/Child Welfare/Out of
Home
Care/Services & Supports)

"ZERO TO THREE FOSTER CARE ISSUE" The National Center for Infants,
Toddlers, and
Families has announced that the December 1998/January 1999 issue of "Zero
to
Three" will feature essays on infants, toddlers, and foster care by four
leaders
in the field--Fred Wulczyn, Robert Goerge, Diana Kronstadt, and Alicia
Lieberman. Readers are invited to contribute descriptions up to 750 words
in
length of promising programmatic innovations, clinical approaches, training
strategies, public education efforts, or other initiatives related to
infants,
toddlers, families, and practitioners involved with the foster care system.
Send
material to Emily Fenichel at Zero to Three, 734 14th Street NW, Suite
1000,
Washington, DC 20005. CWLA, HN3898@handsnet.org (CYF/Child Welfare/Out of
Home
Care/Types of Care Arrangements)

**Early Childhood:
"A GUIDE TO SELECTED VIDEOS FOR PARENTS" "The First Three Years: A Guide to
Selected Videos For Parents and Professionals" by Families and Work
Institute,
identifies high-quality videos on child development and parenting during
the
child's first three years of life. The researchers evaluated materials that
could be watched by parents alone, with parent educators, and with
toddlers. The
videos cover a wide range of topics, including health issues, early child
development, and parenting. In the videos, families and caregivers speak
about
what they have learned and their own solutions to child-rearing issues. See
The
Commonwealth Fund website, http://www.cmwf.org/children/kdsvdndx.html.
Center
For Human Investment Policy, HN4804@handsnet.org (CYF/Early
Childhood-School
Age/Hot Topics)

**Housing/Community Development:
"INCOME CAPS ON CDBG AND HOME WOULD BE ELIMINATED IN RICH AREAS" "Poor"
people
with $70,200 annual income would be eligible for approximately $872,807,000
in
CDBG and HOME aid in an estimated 199 entitlement jurisdictions, says Ed
Gramlich of Center for Community Change, HN0310@handsnet.org. Section 592
of the
House Appropriations bill proposes to remove HUD's authority to put a
ceiling on
the income a household can have and still get CDBG or HOME assistance. The
highest 1998 median income is $89,300 for the Stamford CT area! Banking
Committee staff are currently negotiating the details of the public housing
bill, of which Section 592 is a part. Urge key Banking committee members in
the
House and Senate to oppose inclusion of this provision in the final public
housing reform bill. (Housing and Community Development/HCD
Programs/CDBG/News
Alerts)

"HOUSE HUD/VA SPENDING BILL TAKES $21 MILLION FROM HOPWA" The House finally
completed floor action on the Fiscal Year 1999 Appropriations bill for
HUD/VA/Independent Agencies, but not before taking $21 million from the
Housing
Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and redirecting the
funds
to the Veterans Administration. House members were shocked when another
amendment passed that is both anti-housing and homophobic. The Riggs [R-CA]
amendment is meant to undermine a San Francisco ordinance requiring
companies
doing business with the city to provide domestic partner benefits. Riggs'
provision will punish the city for enforcing the ordinance by denying San
Francisco $265 million in federal housing funds. There is no comparable
provision in the Senate bill. For more info contact Lisa Ranghelli,
ranghellil@commchange.org (Housing-Cmty Dev/Public Policy/CCC Policy
Alerts)

"CRA PRESERVED AS SENATE VOTES DOWN SMALL BANK EXEMPTION" The Senate voted
this
week to kill an amendment which would have exempted banks with assets under
$250
million (i.e., almost 86% of all banks) from coverage under the Community
Reinvestment Act (CRA). However, the Senate also voted to eliminate
provisions
in H.R. 1151 that would have extended CRA-type requirements to credit
unions
(credit union are currently exempt from CRA requirements). Center for
Community
Change, HN0688@handsnet.org, offers congratulations to all who found time
to
weigh-in with their senators, making a difference in beating back this
latest
assault on CRA! For more info contact Allen Fishbein at CCC's Neighborhood
Revitalization Project, 202-342-0567 (Housing-Cmty Dev/Public Policy/CCC
Policy
Alerts)

**Hunger & Nutrition:
"SURVEY: IMMIGRANT FOOD STAMP CUTS" A recent survey conducted in 12
California
counties by Catholic Charities, HN7926@handsnet.org, and California Food
Policy
Advocates, HN0002@handsnet.org, found that immigrant families who'd had
their
food stamps cut suffered the highest rates of hunger of any groups studied.
According to the survey, 75 percent of such families suffered from hunger
because they didn't have enough money to buy food. FRAC,
HN7449@handsnet.org,
says the food benefits provided in CA Assembly Bill 2463 deserve support.
Source: "Food for State's Hungry," Editorial, Sacramento Bee, 8/1/98.
(CYF/Nat'l
Welfare Watch/Federal Nutrition Programs Update)

**Juvenile Justice:
"SAFEFUTURES MARKETING TOOL KIT" The Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP) announces the availability of its "SafeFutures Marketing
Tool
Kit." While the "Tool Kit" was prepared specifically for SafeFutures, a
community-based initiative funded by OJJDP, this online reference is a
valuable
resource for other organizations as well. Download the Tool Kit to get
practical, easy-to-use information on promoting ideas, activities, and
products.
In its Marketing and Promotion section, you will find a definition of
marketing
and simple ways to get positive attention for an organization's programs
and
successes. The Resources section provides guidance on creating marketing
plans,
news releases, public service announcements, and more. Find The Tool Kit at
http://www.ncjrs.org/ojjdp/html/pubs.html#safe. ABA Juvenile Justice,
HN3377@handsnet.org (CYF/Juvenile Justice/Training and Resources)

**Welfare Reform:
"ANALYSIS: POVERTY NOT DROPPING WITH OREGON WELFARE ROLL DECLINES" Two
years
after the passage of federal welfare reform, Oregon's welfare rolls are
lower
than they were in 1969--but the number of poor Oregonians is likely
one-third
higher than in 1969. "The Oregon economy and welfare policies have failed
to
move Oregonians out of poverty as effectively as they have reduced the
welfare
caseloads," says Oregon Center for Public Policy Executive Director Charles
Sheketoff. Copies of "Comparing Recent Declines in Oregon's Cash Assistance
Caseload With Trends In The Poverty Population" are available for $5.00
shipping
and handling from: OCPP, P.O. Box 7, Silverton, OR 97381-0007. The report
also
will be posted later on the Internet at http://www.ocpp.org
(CYF/Nat'l Welfare Watch/Federal Nutrition Programs Update)

"WELLSTONE HIGHER EDUCATION AMENDMENT GOES TO CONFERENCE" In mid-July, the
Senate voted to provide welfare recipients the opportunity to qualify for
living
wage jobs by increasing their access to post-secondary education.  The
Wellstone
amendment to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act (S. 1882) makes 24
months
of post-secondary education and vocational training a permissible work
activity
under TANF, and removes teen parents from a thirty percent cap on the
number of
a state's welfare caseload that may be in educational activities.  However,
the
House version of the bill does not include the Wellstone provision. This
amendment is particularly important because thousands of welfare recipients
have
been forced to leave post-secondary education programs because of work
requirements. Center for Community Change, HN0688@handsnet.org, encourages
calls
urging the Wellstone Amendment subconferees to keep post-secondary
education for
TANF recipients in the Higher Education bill. For more information, contact
Rich
Stoltz, richs@commchange.org (Housing-Cmty Dev/Public Policy/CCC Policy
Alerts)

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Compiled by:
Kathi Kennedy
HandsNet Assistant Editor
kkennedy@handsnet.org

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