February 2014 Infórmate

Photo of a Hispanic doctor with patients in the background.ACF and the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will partner in February to bring two important webinars on the Affordable Care Act to the Hispanic community, in English (Feb. 26) and in Spanish (Feb. 8). Please share with your Hispanic stakeholders:

  • Latinos y la Ley De Cuidado de la Salud a Bajo Precio (en español)
    • Sabado, 8 de febrero, 4–5 p.m. (EST)
    • Para participar en la llamada, marque 1-877-309-2071 o 909-259-0027. Código de acceso 767-788-278. El número de clave es solamente el signo de numeral # sin números.
    • Para inscribirse para participar en la presentaciόn, haga clic aquí
    • Después de inscribirse usted recibirá un correo electrόnico con más informaciόn sobre la presentaciόn
    • Por favor envίe sus preguntas, comentarios y sugerencias a ACA101@hhs.gov
  • Latinos and the Health Insurance Marketplace (in English)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7-8 p.m. (EST)
    • To join by phone only, dial: 702-489-0013 or 1-866-952-8437, access code: 708-692-548. For those joining by phone only, the PIN is the # key.
    • To register for the webinar, click here
    • After registering, you will receive an email with more information on the webinar
    • Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to ACA101@hhs.gov

For the latest ACF information and news, visit The Family Room Blog.



HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines

The annual update of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The update accounts for the last calendar year's increase in prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The HHS poverty guidelines, or percentage multiples of them (such as 125 percent, 150 percent, or 185 percent), are used as an eligibility criteria by a number of federal programs.

Restored Funding at ACF

In December both houses of Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Jan. 17. The bill will provide some very welcome news for ACF, and the families and communities that benefit from ACF programs, relative to the final fiscal year 2013 appropriations levels. The most significant changes from fiscal year 2013 are:

  • An additional $1 billion in Head Start to restore the funding cuts required by sequestration and make a $500 million investment in the Administration’s Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership initiative, in which Early Head Start grantees will work with child care programs to increase the number of high quality slots for infants and toddlers;
  • A nearly $500 million increase in the Refugee and Resettlement Programs to support the rising number of unaccompanied undocumented children without forcing reductions in refugee benefits and services;
  • A $150 million increase in discretionary child care funding, roughly divided between restoring sequestration funding and new resources;
  • An increase of $14 million for Family Violence Prevention Programs;
  • An additional $4 million for trafficking, including, for the first time, funding to support domestic victims of trafficking.

The bill partially restores sequestration for all remaining ACF programs, providing more funds than 2013, but less than in 2012.



Health Care Reform is more than just a website. There are four basic ways you can apply for and enroll in Marketplace coverage:



Upside-down umbrella with pennies in itEarned Income Tax Credit Awareness

Did you know that Earned Income Tax Credit is one of our nation's largest anti-poverty programs, annually lifting more than 6 million people out of poverty? EITC does this by helping low- to moderate-income working individuals and families keep more of the money that they earn. Learn more about the tax credit and where low-income households can get free tax help: Put the Earned Income Tax Credit to Work for Your Community.



ACF Releases Additional $454 million to Help Families and Seniors Stay Warm

In order to help many Americans struggling to heat their homes during record cold temperatures this winter, ACF is making available $454 million in support of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

In November, ACF released $2.9 billion in LIHEAP funding while awaiting action on the final fiscal year 2014 appropriations.  With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 in December, ACF is now making available this additional $454 million to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia to help households with their heating and home energy costs. 

LIHEAP assists households across the country, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling their homes in the summer and insulating their homes to make them more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs. 
For a complete list of funds available to states today please visit the funding release

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency. Please visit the LIHEAP site or read the LIHEAP brochure in English or Spanish to get more information.



Photo of a mom holding a newborn.Hotline Connects Beatrice to Safety and Support

As a young woman, Beatrice thought that she had married her Prince Charming: a successful lawyer from her hometown. When he asked her to relocate with him so that he could pursue a job opportunity, she did not hesitate. She left her family, her social circle, and her own private practice. A year later, Beatrice became pregnant. Over the course of her pregnancy, her husband became unbearably controlling and verbally abusive. During her second trimester, he hit her. Read more about how the National Domestic Violence Hotline provided a path to safety.



Photo of a hand surrounded by small screen images, representing the idea of identification technology.Detecting Fraud and Saving Millions: PARIS

For nearly two decades, innovative technology has allowed federal and state government personnel to compare records, root out ineligible people on public assistance, redirect eligible clients to appropriate services, and reduce duplicate payments. The Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) is a federal-state partnership which provides all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico detailed information and data to assist them in maintaining program integrity. ACF provides key technical support and leadership in this inter-agency initiative. Learn more about the PARIS office: Fighting fraud, saving money from state to state.



ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • Public Housing Groups

ACF funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants are available today: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations. To learn how to become a grant reviewer, view the ACF Grant Review Guide. To learn more about grant and funding opportunities within the individual ACF programs, visit these links:

New Grant Postings:

Two New Potential Grant Opportunities Announced

  • The Family Strengthening Research Scholars grant program is an opportunity created to support research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues affecting underserved/understudied populations, such as low-income families and minorities. Designed to inform policy decisions, program administration solutions, and future intervention research, this grant opportunity is also an effort to encourage the mentoring of exceptional doctoral students.
  • The Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets grant program is an opportunity to conduct data analysis using the Building Strong Families, Supporting Healthy Marriage, and Community Healthy Marriage Initiative datasets. Research conducted under this grant should address topics on strengthening families and improving the lives of children and parents, as well as promoting economic stability. For those interested in this opportunity, a demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of the datasets is a plus. Those selected for this grant will also participate in a unified effort with fellow grantees to advance research focused on strengthening families.



Interested in Working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to increase diversity in its workforce and enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. Please visit www.usajobs.gov and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services. Current jobs available at ACF and HHS include (as of Jan. 31, 2014):

ACF Job Openings:

HHS Job Openings (partial list, for complete list visit usajobs.gov):

  • Nurse Consultant; GS-0610-11/13; Salary $62,467 to $115,742; Deadline: Feb. 10; Silver Spring, Md.; Food and Drug Administration
  • Supervisory Workforce Research Analyst; GS-101-15; Salary $124,995 to $157,100; Deadline Feb. 11; Rockville, Md.; Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Director, Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment; AD-1320/0403/0415-00/00; Salary $123,758 to $199,700; Deadline Feb. 28; Laurel, Md.; Food and Drug Administration
  • Consumer Safety Officer; GS-0696-11/12/13; Salary $62,467 to $115,742; Deadline March 4; Silver Spring, Md.; Food and Drug Administration
  • Chemical Engineer; GS-0893-13/13; Salary $89,033 to $115,742; Deadline March 17; Silver Spring, Md.; Food and Drug Administration
  • Interdisciplinary Scientist; GS-0401/0403/1320-12/13; Salary $75,621 to $116,901; Deadline Apr. 16; Silver Spring, Md.; Food and Drug Administration
  • Chemist; GS-1320-13; Salary $89,033 to $115,742; Deadline Apr. 21; White Oak, Md.; Food and Drug Administration

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about ACF opportunities. For more information, or to sign up a new recipient for Infόrmate, contact Special Assistant Jesus Garcia in the ACF Office of Public Affairs at jesus.garcia@acf.hhs.gov. For past issues, click on this link: Infόrmate.

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