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					Relocation Assistance




 Agency for Workforce Innovation
       Statewide Training
           Spring 2005
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Relocation Basics

   Available to TCA applicants or recipients
   May relocate to another area in the
    state or may relocate out of state
   If approved for a reason other than
    domestic violence, the family cannot
    reapply for TCA for at least 6 months
   Reapplication for TCA is allowed in
    emergency situations
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Relocation Basics (Continued)
   Relocated individuals are eligible for
    up to 2 years of transitional childcare
    if employment is secured within a
    specified period of time
   A family may relocate more than once
   The relocation payment does not
    count toward time-limits
   There is no specified dollar amount
   Maximum amounts should be included
    in the Local Operating Procedures
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Eligibility Requirements
   The family must demonstrate a
    need to relocate
   The family must demonstrate a contributing
    factor to achieving self-sufficiency
   The family must be eligible for TCA
    (applicant) or receiving TCA (recipient)
   The family must not have exhausted their
    lifetime limit on TCA
    • If the family has met their lifetime limit on TCA,
      the RWB may fund the relocation with local RWB
      TANF dollars                                         4
    Demonstration of Need
   The individual:
    – Is located in an area with limited
      employment opportunities
    – Is geographically isolated
    – Has formidable transportation
      barriers
    – Is isolated from their extended
      family
    – Has experienced domestic violence
      which interferes with the ability of
      a parent to maintain self-
      sufficiency                            5
    Contributing Factors
   The individual:
    – Is unlikely to achieve economic self-sufficiency in
      the current community;
    – Has secured a job that provides an increased
      salary or improved benefits and requires relocation
      to another community;
    – Has a family support network that will contribute
      to job retention in another community;
    – Is determined to be a victim of domestic violence
      who would experience a reduced probability of
      further incidents through relocation; or
    – Must relocate to receive education or training that
      is directly related to the applicant’s employment or
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      career advancement
Step 1
   Determine that the family is
    receiving Temporary Cash
    Assistance
            OR
   Determine the family is potentially
    eligible for TCA and requirements
    for diversion would likely be met
   The RWB provider and the
    individual requesting Relocation
    Assistance should begin by
    completing the Relocation
    Assistance Checklist                  7
    Step 2

   Determine there is a need for the
    family to relocate to a new community

   Determine there is a basis for believing
    that the relocation to a new community
    will contribute to the family’s ability to
    achieve self-sufficiency

   Ensure the need and contributing factor
    has been verified or documented as
    appropriate based on LOP
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Step 3
   Establish a relocation plan that includes:
       • A relocation budget based on the Relocation
         Budget Worksheet (AWI-0002)
           Estimates for relocation expenses
           Estimates for employment related expenses

       • Documentation from the individual to ensure
         relocation funds will be expended properly and
         the relocation will take place
       • Assurance the relocation will be successful
         without relying on TCA to meet on-going
         expenses
       • Provisions to protect the safety of victims of
         domestic violence and avoid provisions that place
         them in anticipated danger
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Step 4

   Determine that the receiving
    community has the capacity to
    provide needed services and
    employment opportunities
    • If the family is planning to relocate within
      the state, contact the local One-Stop
      Career Center in the receiving community
    • If out of state, use directory assistance and
      the Internet to locate the family assistance
      and employment services in the receiving
      community
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Step 5

   Monitor the family’s
    relocation
      • Administer a survey
        within 90 days after
        providing a Relocation
        Assistance payment
        or services to the
        family

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Emergency Reapplication

               Families receiving
                relocation assistance
                for reasons other
                than Domestic
                Violence cannot
                receive TCA for six
                months, unless a
                qualified emergency is
                approved by the RWB
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Emergency Situations

   Verify the family has a qualified
    emergency
   Examples include:
    • Domestic Violence
    • Hospitalization or illness resulting in a
      significant loss o income or employment
    • Loss of housing
    • Natural disaster responsible for the
      destruction of the family’s major property
    • Other situations of similar nature affecting
      employment
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Emergency Reapplication

   The RWB is responsible
    for completing the
    Diversion Services
    Emergency Criteria form,
    AWI 0001
   The completed form must
    be forwarded to DCF to
    approve or deny the TCA
    application
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Repayment

   Relocation Assistance must be repaid
    if the family is approved for TCA
    due to an emergency within 6 months
    of receiving the Relocation
    Assistance payment

   EXCEPTION: If the family received
    Relocation Assistance as a result of
    domestic violence, the family may
    immediately reapply for TCA once
    relocated
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Repayment


   If the family fails to relocate,
    the entire amount of the
    relocation assistance received
    must be repaid

   If fraud is suspected the RWB
    provider must notify DCF to
    initiate an investigation
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Repayment

   Repayment is prorated and subtracted
    from the regular payment of TCA
   DCF is responsible for recovering the
    Relocation Assistance amount
   Recoupment calculation
    • Amount of relocation assistance - months off
      cash X payment standard = repayment amount
    • Repayment amount is divided by the number of
      months left on the individual’s time clock to
      determine the amount to be recouped each month
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         Questions on Relocation?


An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone
numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.




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