Study of Urban Indians' Interactions with ACF Published
This report presents the findings from one of several studies focusing on American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) being conducted by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). This report was produced in collaboration with the Administration for Native Americans.
What are the social service needs of low-income urban American Indians and to what extent to do they access ACF services and supports? This report presents the results of an exploratory study to better understand Urban Indians' interactions with ACF programs and services. Data were obtained via in-depth interviews with directors of Urban Indian Centers (UICs) from around the country and a set of employees from local government social service agencies. Interviewees were asked to identify the range of social service needs of the population; barriers to accessing ACF services, what role the UICs play in meeting urban American Indians’ needs, and any promising or effective practices that they believed would improve services to the urban Indian population