SAN FRANCISCO HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
TANF ECF SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (JOBS NOW)
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Among other things, the legislation created the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), which provides 80%
federal funding to pay for basic assistance, non-recurrent short-term benefits and subsidized employment
The San Francisco Human Services Agency (SF-HSA) will utilize TANF ECF funds to expand subsidized
employment opportunities, with a goal of placing 1,000 participants in jobs between now and September 2010.
Consistent with the goals of the federal stimulus package, the primary objective of the Jobs Now program is to
provide an immediate source of income for low-income families. However, Jobs Now will build upon several
successful transitional jobs programs already in place at SF-HSA, which were designed to help welfare-to-work
clients address barriers to employment, develop soft skills, gain work experience and progress toward self-
sufficiency. Jobs Now participants will also exit the program with several months of stable employment history,
which will leave them better positioned to obtain an unsubsidized job when the stimulus period ends.
SF-HSA will draw down 80% of the total costs for its subsidized employment program from the ECF. Total
program costs include participant wages and benefits, supervision, training, payroll taxes and administrative
The remaining 20% not covered by ECF will be funded with a combination of third party match from participating
public and private sector employers and redirected Single Allocation.
TARGET POPULATION AND RECRUITMENT
The primary target population will be aided CalWORKs clients and clients who recently exited aid. Pending
adoption of a State TANF Plan amendment that would expand the population eligible to be served with ECF, SF-
HSA will also target households with a dependent child under 200% of federal poverty level, including non-
custodial parents and family reunification cases.
Recruitment of participants will be conducted through San Francisco’s county welfare offices, One Stop Career
Centers, the public housing authority and community based organizations. All potential participants will be
referred to SF-HSA and screened for eligibility.
JOB PLACEMENT OPTIONS
Eligible participants will undergo an expedited vocational assessment to determine their skills and interests, after
which they will be assigned to one of three tiers of job opportunities
Tier 1: Transitional employment in the non-profit sector for job seekers with low labor market readiness.
Programs operated primarily by contracted community based organizations
Contractor hires and payrolls participants, identifies and manages job placement sites, provides case
management, assists participants with barrier remediation and provides soft skills training
Tier 1 offerings include programs for LEP clients and work study slots for CalWORKs students
Participants to be paid for classroom time integrated into subsidized employment program
Jobs are 25 hours per week; program duration is 6-9 months
Wage rate is $11.03/hour
Participants exit to a Tier 2 or 3 subsidized job
Planning for 375 slots
Contract is funded by SF-HSA and will be reimbursed at 80% with stimulus funds
Tier 2: Public sector employment for job seekers with mid-level labor market readiness.
Jobs available at 8-10 city/county agencies
SF-HSA hires and payrolls participants, identifies job placement sites, provides case management,
assists participants with barrier remediation and provides soft skills training
Partner agency provides work site supervision and on-the-job training
Jobs are up to 40 hours/week, including 4 hours/week of (optional) soft skills training, retention and
career advancement activities (at employer’s option)
Program duration is until September 30, 2010
Job duties include entry-level clerical, support services/recycling/transportation, and facilities/grounds
Wage rate is $12.21/hour
Civil Service job classification is 9910 or 9916
Planning for 300 slots
Placement department covers the 20% match
Tier 3: Private Sector Subsidized Employment
Private for-profit or non-profit employer hires and payrolls participants and provides on-the-job training
Each employer will be required to respond to a brief RFP and to sign a Wage Subsidy Agreement
SF-HSA covers 100% of the wage subsidy and employer covers the 20% program match (which equates
to 25% of the wage subsidy amount)
Employers are reimbursed for the wage subsidy directly by SF-HSA if employer is a City vendor, or by a
fiscal intermediary contracted by SF-HSA if not a City vendor
Jobs are up to 40 hours/week depending on employer’s needs, including 4 hours/week of soft skills
training, retention and career advancement activities (at employer’s option)
Subsidy duration is until September 30, 2010
Wage rate will vary as it is set by the individual employer but must be at least $9.79/hour (SF Minimum
Wage) for all participants and at least $11.03/hour (SF Minimum Compensation Rate) for participants
hired by City contractors
Planning for 325 slots
CalWORKs clients who participate in Jobs Now will continue to have the full array of CalWORKs supportive
services available to them (Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, child care, mental health services, transportation assistance
and ancillary services).
A subsidized employee may continue to receive a partial CalWORKs grant or may exit CalWORKs, depending
on the wage rate, hours of work, and size of the Assistance Unit. If the employee exits CalWORKs due to the
subsidized earnings, the family will no longer count in the Workforce Participation Rate (WPR), but can still receiv
the wage subsidy and transitional benefits (Food Stamps and Medi-Cal) for up to
12 months from the date of CalWORKs exit. Former CalWORKs clients will also remain eligible for subsidized
Stage 2 and 3 child care for at least two years after exiting cash assistance.
If the state expands the ECF eligible population to include non-CalWORKs low-income households, funding the
provision of comprehensive support services will prove more of a challenge. However, SF-HSA plans to leverage
other ARRA funding streams to support all Jobs Now clients.
Participants in need of eviction prevention services or rental assistance will be referred to SF-HSA
contract agencies that have been awarded ARRA Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing funds.
Clients who prefer a full time training program to subsidized employment will be assessed for WIA
eligibility and referred to one of the training programs funded through San Francisco’s WIA stimulus
Where possible, participants who have a crisis need will be able to have that need met through the use of
TANF ECF funds in the non-recurrent benefits category.