TANF Summer Youth Program

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					Proposed Minnesota TANF
Summer Youth Program
A Joint Partnership Between:
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic
- Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Minnesota Workforce Council Association
   Joint letter to states from HHS (Administration
    for Children and Families) and DOL
    (Employment and Training Administration)
    encouraging “workforce and human services
    agencies to work together to explore all funds
    available for the creation and expansion of
    subsidized summer employment programs for
    low income youth.”
    - DOL/ETA Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 24-09, January 19, 2010
   Minnesota, like most other states, spent
    the youth employment funding provided
    through ARRA in the summer of 2009,
    and Congress has so far failed to provide
    additional funding for this summer.
   In particular, the joint HHS/DOL letter
    highlighted the availability of funding
    under the TANF Emergency Contingency
    Fund and the possibility of using these
    funds to support summer jobs for youth.
TANF Emergency Contingency Fund
   Section 2101 of ARRA created new $5 billion
    TANF Emergency Contingency Fund under
    which states could receive 80 percent federal
    funding for increases in federal Fiscal Year (FY)
    2009 or 2010, compared to a base year (the
    lower of FY 2007 or 2008) in three categories
    of TANF-related expenditures, including
    subsidized employment.
TANF Emergency Contingency Fund
   States that increase combined spending
    from TANF and state funds claimed as
    Maintenance of Effort (MOE) on
    subsidized employment in FY 2009 or
    2010 (compared to the equivalent quarter
    in FY 2007 or 2008) can receive 80
    percent of that increase back as additional
    federal dollars.
TANF Emergency Contingency Fund
 All spending that qualifies for
  reimbursement under the TANF
  Emergency Contingency funds must occur
  by 9/30/10.
 Important Note:
  These funds must actually be expended
  by 9/30/10--not simply obligated.
Simple Wage Reimbursement
 Assume wages of $8 an hour.
 Employer costs assumed to be 25% of
  wages ($2 an hour).
 State reports total costs of $10 and hour
  ($8 wages + $2 in-kind from employer)
 HHS reimburses 80% of $10 = $8 an
 Wages are fully reimbursed.
Status of Minnesota’s Proposal to
   Minnesota’s Department of Human
    Services submitted application to federal
    HHS requesting $6 million of TANF
    Emergency Contingency Funds for
    summer youth employment.
Status of Amendment at Minnesota
 Language allowing Minnesota to secure
  and spend TANF Emergency Contingency
  funds for summer youth employment is
  included in the Senate Omnibus HHS bill.
 Senate/House Conference Committee
  needs to include provision in final HHS
Eligibility for Minnesota’s TANF
Summer Youth Program
   Youth would be eligible to participate in
    Minnesota’s TANF Summer Youth Program if
    they meet the following priorities:
    1. Teen parents, ages 16 through 24, who are on
    2. Younger youth, ages 16 through 18, who are on
       the grant in MFIP households
    3. Older youth, ages 19 through 24, who are in
       MFIP households but not on the grant
    4. Other older and younger youth in TANF-
       eligible families (at or below 200% of poverty
       level, with a minor child in the household)
Program Design Issues
 TANF Emergency Contingency Funds can
  ONLY be used for wages and fringe
  benefits for youth.
 WSAs can determine the length of a
  summer program.
 Funds must be expended in full (not just
  obligated) by September 30, 2010.
Worksite Agreement Considerations
   WSAs will need a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MOU) with the employer
    identifying the source of funding for the
    supervision and training provided by the
Worksite Agreement Considerations
   If the supervision and training is NOT being paid for by
    any federal funds OR other funds used to match
    another federal program, the State plans to claim 25% of
    the wages paid as training and supervisory costs as
   The MOU must include a statement indicating
    that the provider agrees that the state can claim 25% of
    the wages paid as training and supervisor costs for
    MOE purposes. Specific language for the MOU will
    be developed and distributed at a later date.
   Minnesota has applied to DOL for two
    waivers that would facilitate the co-
    enrollment of youth in the TANF Summer
    Youth Program and WIA
   Waiver of Statutory WIA Performance
    Measures for Co-Enrolled Youth
    • Work Readiness Measure would be the only indicator
      of performance
   Waiver of Certain WIA Program Design
    Elements for Co-Enrolled Youth
    • Required 12-month follow-up
    • Required assessment and ISS
    • Linkage between summer employment and academic
   Questions should be submitted to: