ACF funds projects to improve access to Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Coordination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215

 

The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the award of five one-year grants for social services and income maintenance benefits enrollment coordination totaling $1.7 million. These grants will support demonstration projects to develop and implement evidence-based and innovative programming in the area of benefits enrollment coordination models that could be strengthened, adapted, and assessed for impact and results in communities nationwide.

“Many individuals and low-income families face difficult challenges when it comes to accessing federal, state and local benefits programs,” said David A. Hansell, acting assistant secretary for children and families. “Our goal is to assist private and public welfare agencies in providing the support that is needed to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.” 

“There are many eligible families who are reluctant to obtain assistance at social services offices simply because they may not understand the process,” said Yolanda Butler, acting director for the Office of Community Services. “The release of these funds will help eliminate some of those barriers and assist families in meeting their basic needs.”

These grants will carry out three core functions: 1) utilizing existing community access points for the benefits enrollment coordination process for under served residents; 2) combining technology and expert analysis to accurately assess individual and family eligibility for multiple benefits and services of government entities; and 3) providing mechanisms for sustaining collaboration between community nonprofit organizations and government agencies for benefits determination and eligibility.

The five grantees receiving awards today include:

Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc., Jackson, CA
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL
Maine Community Action Association, Augusta, ME
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc., Clearwater, FL
PathWays PA, Inc., Holmes, PA
For more information on the Office of Community Services visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/index.html.

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