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					   ARRA TANF Emergency
  Contingency Fund: Non-
Recurrent Short Term Benefits
Community Collaboration Opportunities
KIDS Network General Membership Meeting
October 7, 2009

Presented by
Maria Gardner, Program Support Division Chief
Department of Social Services
     Background - ARRA

   Section 2101 of the American Recovery &
    Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) created
    a new Temporary Assistance for Needy
    Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency
    Fund (ECF)



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        Background - ARRA

   Provides federal funding through
    September 2010 for spending increases in:
       Basic assistance (CalWORKs grants)
       Subsidized employment
       Non-recurrent short-term benefits


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         DSS PWEX: An ARRA-Funded
         Subsidized Employment Program
                                                     Santa Maria:
                                                Victoria Arce, 614-1361            PWEX Coordinator
   Partner Agency identifies                                                         provides Partner
     workplace need and                             Santa Barbara:
                                              Cheryl Mikkonen, 681-4565           Agency with résumés
     contacts DSS PWEX
                                                       Lompoc:                   for selection interviews
         Coordinator
                                              Gerardo Jimenez, 735-3261



DSS is employer of record and
responsible for:                                                                    Partner Agency makes
New Hire Paperwork                           DSS establishes MOU
                                                                                   selection and works with
Background Check                             with Partner Agency
                                                                                  PWEX Coordinator to hire
County Physical (if needed)                   and Training Site
Workers’ Comp Insurance                        Agreement with
                                               employee and Site
                                                   Supervisor

      PWEX employee pay ranges from $8                              Partner
      to $12.49 per hour in a special Extra                      Agency brings
      Help classification—placements are                            PWEX
          six months to one year long                             employee on
                                                                     board


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Population Served
                               DSS Public Assistance
                           Effects of Expanded Eligibility
   Expanded eligibility
                                        CalWORKs
   “Needy families”
    include those with           Food
                                               Medi-Cal
    income less than             Stamps

    200% of the federal
    poverty level             From 5,000 to 17,000 Families




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     Four TANF Goals
   Assisting needy families so that children
    can be cared for in their own homes
   Reducing the dependency of needy
    parents by promoting job preparation,
    work and marriage
   Preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies
   Encouraging the formation and
    maintenance of two-parent families
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     Non-Recurrent Short Term
     Benefits

   Defined as payments that are “designed to
    deal with a specific crisis situation or
    episode of need”
   Not intended to meet recurrent or ongoing
    needs
   Will not extend beyond four months
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     80 Percent Federal Funding
   DSS will be surveyed quarterly as to our
    intended use of TANF ECF funds for the
    upcoming months
   DSS will submit a quarterly claim to the
    state detailing 100% of the TANF ECF
    program costs and will receive 80%
    reimbursement for services already
    rendered
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        20 Percent Matching Funds
   DSS CalWORKs Single Allocation
    Leveraging allocation for our new subsidized
    employment (PWEX) program
   Third Party Option
       Obtaining vendor discounts for tangible goods
    Leveraging existing qualified community
    expenditures

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        Examples of Ways TANF ARRA
        Funds Can Be Used
   Vouchers for food, clothing, utilities
    DSS “in-reach” strategy to distribute to needy
    families on public assistance by 12/31/09:
            $100 grocery vouchers per family
            $100 clothing voucher per child
    DSS will be seeking 20% discount on the
    vouchers to meet the match requirement


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     Examples of Ways TANF ARRA
     Funds Can Be Used
   Provide extra food packages
   Repair cars
   Payment of past-due rent or utility bills
   Payment of security deposits
   Find new housing – if lost own home or
    rental home due to foreclosure
   Improve energy efficiency of homes
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      Forming ARRA/TANF ECF
            Partnerships

 Already serving     Already meeting
TANF ECF defined     one of the four
“needy families”?      TANF goals?



  Can you meet       Already providing
the 20% required       non-recurrent
     match?         short term benefits?

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     Next Steps

   Seeking partnerships for TANF ECF
    qualified program expenditures
   Interest deadline: December 1, 2009 for
    January – March 2010 quarter
   Program funding ends September 30, 2010


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DSS Contact Information
   Management Sponsor:
       Maria Gardner, Program Support Division Chief
          M.Gardner@SBCSocialServ.org

          (805) 346-8289


   TANF ECF Coordinator:
       Lina Bickel, Department Business Specialist
            L.Bickel@SBCSocialServ.org
            (805) 346-8213
   DSS Contracts:
       Judy Doughty, Contracts Coordinator
            J.Doughty@SBCSocialServ.org
            (805) 346-7302

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TANF ECF Resources
   Emergency Contingency Fund:
    Informational website
    https://emergencycontingencyfunds.wikispaces.com

   Center for Law and Social Policy :
    TANF ECF Policy and
    Implementation Guidance
    Documents
    www.clasp.org


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TANF ECF Opportunities


   Questions?




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