Welfare Reform grants, vouchers, subsidies/Ctr on Budget & Policy

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 18:46:33 -0800 (PST)


FWD 5 Dec 1999
CC Replies to "Jeff Lubell" <lubell@cbpp.org>

To: "Housing/Welfare List Serve" <housingwelfare@lists.cbpp.org>
Subject: Coordinating Welfare Reform Efforts

Organization: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


This message addresses 3 topics:

 -- Welfare-to-Work Vouchers,

 -- Department of Labor (DOL) Welfare-to-Work Grants, and

 -- Promoting Employment Among Families with Tenant-Based
   Section 8 Subsidies


WELFARE-TO-WORK VOUCHERS

A recent listserve posting inquired whether there are
"efforts underway to combine the HUD and DOL Welfare Reform
NOFAs to assist welfare recipients to move to the suburbs
with Section 8 assistance."  This query provides a nice
opportunity to highlight one of the goals of the new
welfare-to-work Section 8 voucher program, as
gleaned from the statute and legislative history:
cooperation among diverse agencies serving similar
populations.

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the
welfare-to-work voucher program requires housing agencies to
develop their proposals in coordination with the agencies
administering the TANF program and DOL Welfare-to-Work
programs.  Congress' intent in enacting this requirement was
not to make the process of obtaining new vouchers more
difficult, but rather to encourage these agencies to sit
down at the local level and figure out how they can work
together to help families move to work.

This coordination will take time and significant effort --
which is why it is critical to start the process of
coordinated planning as soon as possible -- but hopefully,
it will yield some real innovative approaches to promoting
welfare reform and highlight the important role housing
assistance can play in helping families move from welfare to
work.

The Center has revised its December 2, 1998 overview of the
welfare-to-work voucher program to reflect the rating
categories discussed in HUD's NOFA.  This overview is NOT
intended as a substitute for HUD's NOFA, but rather as an
organizing tool to help stimulate discussion about the
program among those not yet familiar with it.  If you
already have the discussion going, you may not need this
piece.  The overview is attached in PDF format.  A technical
note at the end of this message explains how to access this
file for those not familiar with this format.  (By Feb. 12,
the revised paper should also be posted to the Internet at:
http://www.cbpp.org/pubs/housing.htm)

If you have not already downloaded HUD's NOFA, we encourage
you to do so.  To download the NOFA, choose "Current NOFAs"
>from http://www.hudclips.org.  The NOFA also may be accessed
through the home page of HUD's Office of Public and Indian
Housing: http://www.hud.gov/pih/pih.html

In addition to the NOFA, HUD is preparing an application
kit.  To obtain a copy of the kit, contact the PIH
Information and Resource Center at 1-800-955-2232.  The kit
also will be posted on the web.  We will provide the URL
when it is available.


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) WELFARE TO WORK GRANTS

Although 75 percent of DOL welfare-to-work funds are
allocated by formula to states, 25 percent of the funding is
available in the form of "competitive grants awarded
directly to local governments, Private Industry Councils,
and private entities (such as community development
corporations and community-based organizations, community
action agencies, and other private organizations) who apply
in conjunction with a Private Industry Council or local
government. The Secretary of Labor will give special
consideration to cities with large concentrations of poverty
as well as to rural areas."  This quote comes from DOL's
fact sheet on their welfare-to-work grant program:
http://wtw.doleta.gov/resources/factshet.html.  For more
information, try: http://wtw.doleta.gov

JUST LAST WEEK, DOL ANNOUNCED FUNDING FOR A THIRD ROUND OF
W-T-W FUNDS: http://wtw.doleta.gov/documents/wtwsga3.htm.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE: APRIL 30, 1999.

Some of the Department of Labor Welfare-to-work grants have
included housing authorities and other housing organizations
as grantees.  The DOL web site gives info on how these
grantees plan to use the money:

Round 1: http://wtw.doleta.gov/intrestlist.htm

Round 2: http://wtw.doleta.gov/documents/round2/statelst.htm

Grants issued in the first round to work with public housing
tenants are collected at
http://wtw.doleta.gov/intrestweb.htm#public

Those of you interested in applying (or helping to stimulate
the interest of others in applying) for Department of Labor
funds to serve public housing or other assisted tenants may
find these accepted applications to be a helpful model.


PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT AMONG FAMILIES WITH
TENANT-BASED SECTION 8 SUBSIDIES

Abt Associates recently distributed its Fall 1998 issue of
"Housing Strategies: Tools for Effectively Managing
Change."  The newsletter contains an article by Barbara Sard
on Welfare Reform and Section 8.  The newsletter also contains notes on
the new housing bill, the Section 8 Management Assessment
Program (SEMAP) and the issue of "rent reasonableness."

The Abt newsletter may be accessed at:
http://www.abtassoc.com/newsletters/housing-strategies/housing-strategies-downlo
ad.html

For a hard copy, e-mail: Jenny_Schuetz@abtassoc.com.


TECHNICAL NOTE ON ACCESSING PDF FILES

We are distributing the attached paper in PDF format to
ensure that is readable and printable by most computers.  To
access PDF files, you need a free Acrobat reader from
Adobe.  This reader may be downloaded from:
http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html

If you do not already have the Acrobat reader, we strongly
recommend that you download it.  Numerous web documents
(including important government documents) are available
only in PDF format, and most documents are more readable in
that format.

If you have technical problems installing Acrobat or reading
PDF files, we recommend that you first try to solve the
problem through the technical support notes available from
Adobe:
http://www.adobe.com/supportservice/custsupport/TECHGUIDE/ACRBT/main.html

If that doesn't solve your problem, send a note describing
your problem and system configuration to housing@cbpp.org.
Depending on the volume of queries, we may not be able to
respond to everyone individually, but we may be able to
respond to problems that apply to more than one person.

If all else fails, check our web site sometime after Feb.
12.  By that time, the revised overview should be posted to
the web.  http://www.cbpp.org/pubs/housing.htm

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