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Funding Resources - Welfare to Work Vouchers

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $200 Million in Bonus Payments to States for Leadership in Welfare to Work

In FY2000, 931,000 welfare recipients found new jobs. The states which performed the best in helping welfare recipients move toward employment received bonus payments. Bonuses awarded were based on four work measures that illustrate how well welfare recipients are moving to work and sustaining their success in the workforce. These measures include job entry rate, "success in the workforce rate" (combination of a job retention rate and an earnings gain rate), improvement in the job entry rate, and improvement in the success in the workforce rate. Visit the DHHS Web site to read the entire press release.


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Overview

A successful Welfare to Work (WtW) Voucher Program will provide program participants with a broad array of supportive services, including case management, housing search assistance, life skills training, job training, and job placement. However, because WtW voucher program funds cannot be used for such services, leveraging resources-both financial and in-kind-is critical to ensuring that participants have access to needed supportive services.

A host of financial resources are available for job training and supportive service activities. In addition to HUD's workforce development initiatives, housing authorities may leverage resources from local welfare and labor agencies as well as private foundations. Other resources include unspent TANF funds, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds, and Department of Transportation Job Access and Reverse Commute funds. Private foundations may also have considerable resources available for employment, training, and supportive services.

Resources

 -   MOU between the FDIC and HUD. (Adobe PDF, 5 pages) This MOU establishes a partnership between HUD and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Community Affairs Program. The partnership aims to establish a financial education program for residents of public housing and participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program, using a variety of vehicles. View this MOU for more information about the goals of the partnership and applicability to WtW clients.
 -   Ways to Work: A Family Loan Program (sponsored by The McKnight Foundation)
 -   Accessing Unspent TANF Funds for Supportive Services
 -   Job Training Resources: Department of Labor Welfare to Work Funds
 -   Job Training Resources: Workforce Investment Act Funds
 -   Federal Funding Resources for Transportation
 -   Federal Funding Resources for Childcare
 -   Employment Resources for Women's Programs
 -   Online Funding Resources
 
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