Funding for Supportive Services
Potential sources of funding for supportive services include state
TANF funds and HUD's ROSS Program. The funding
resources page contains additional information on DOL, TANF,
WIA, transportation, and childcare funding.
State TANF Funds
Some States have expanded the activities that can be counted toward
the work requirements under TANF. View "
Helping Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency: A Guide on Funding Sources for
Children and Families Through the TANF Program" for more
information about these expanded activities! If your State has expanded
the allowable activities, you might be able to offer some of these
activities on-site, through partners, or through referrals. These
activities usually function as starting points, not as an ongoing
substitution for the education or employment and training activities.
Examples of allowable activities include:
- Parenting classes.
- Community activities, such as volunteering at Head Start or
participating on a tenant management board. The community activities
could be designed to increase a participant's responsibilities
- Childcare or transportation activities.
- Substance abuse counseling.
- Mental health counseling.
These activities are likely to increase the success rate of the
participants in your program by giving them an opportunity to deal
with personal or family problems as they study, work, or train for
employment. Such activities can also help them gain confidence,
increase their competency, and develop job-related skills such as
a sense of responsibility.
Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS)
The purpose of ROSS is to link services to public and Indian housing
residents by providing grants for supportive services, resident
empowerment activities, and activities to assist residents in becoming
economically self-sufficient. A percentage of funds can also be
targeted to Section 8 programs. See HUD's ROSS funding page for more information.