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Partnership Development Resources - Welfare to Work Vouchers

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Few housing authorities have the internal capacity or expertise to provide the level of case management and the range of supportive services needed by program participants. In addition, funds were not provided under the WtW NOFA to support case management and supportive services. As a result, it is critical that PHAs establish partnerships with their local TANF agency, DOL One-Stop centers, employers, and other community-based service providers. This emphasis on building real, working relationships is a key feature of the WtW Voucher Program and one that distinguishes it from other housing assistance programs.

Such partnerships create at the same time both challenges and opportunities. Communities that do not have a history of collaborating will need time to develop partnerships and learn the "culture" of their partner agencies. Policies and procedures may need to be modified so that each agency's programs reinforce one another. However, commitment among partners to meet regularly, share information, and streamline services will allow program participants access to the needed services while also ensuring an efficient use of community resources.

Resources

 -   Identifying Potential Partners
 -   Involving Businesses in Welfare to Work Efforts
 -   Building Interest Within the Business Community
 -   Tools for Developing Successful Partnerships
 -   Developing Childcare Partnerships
 -   Establishing Cooperative Agreements between PHAs and TANF Agencies (Adobe PDF, 13 pages)
 -   Sample MOA between PHAs and TANF Agencies (Adobe PDF, 5 pages)
 -   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.
 -   Welfare Reform and Opportunities for Collaboration Between Welfare and Child Welfare Agencies
 -   Coordination Between the Workforce Development and Welfare Systems
 -   Learning From Each Other Case Studies
 -   Summary of WtW Roundtable Discussions: Making the TANF/DOL Partnership Work and Strengthening (Local) Community Partnerships (non-TANF/DOL)
 
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