Welfare-to-Work Program Grantee Names and Addresses
Information Memorandum IM-00-06
DATE: May 30, 2000
TO: STATE AGENCIES ADMINISTERING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PLANS UNDER TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.
SUBJECT: Welfare-to-Work Program Grantee Names and Addresses.
REFERENCES: Title IV-A and Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (SSA); see especially Sections 403(a)(5)(A)(ii)(I)(ff),403(a)(5)(K), and 454A(f)(5); Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33) amending Title IV-A of the SSA; Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-200); 20 CFR Part 645, WtW Interim Final Rule (published at 62 Fed. Reg. 61588 (Nov. 18, 1997)); Title VIII of H.R. 3424, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000 (Pub. L. 106-113), which contains the "Welfare to Work and Child Support Amendments of 1999" ("the 1999 Amendments"); Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220); OCSE Information Memorandum No.IM-00-05.
PURPOSE: To transmit name, address, and contact information on all Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grantees to IV-D staff.
BACKGROUND: The Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Program was created in 1997 as a compliment to Welfare Reform. The goal of the program is to move welfare recipients with the greatest barriers to employment, including those who have been on welfare the longest, and certain noncustodial parents, into lasting unsubsidized jobs with the potential for reaching self-sufficiency. WtW programs can offer broad array of services to help enrollees prepare for, find and retain unsubsidized jobs. The goal is for both parents to become better able to support themselves and their children.
The "Welfare to Work and Child Support Amendments of 1999" ("the Amendments") make several significant changes to the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grant programs administered by the Department of Labor, as well as making changes to Child Support Enforcement. The WtW-related changes are designed to more effectively serve parents of low-income children. Included in the changes are expanded participant eligibility and increased local options for program design.
The Amendments also greatly expand eligibility criteria for noncustodial parents (NCPs). This expanded eligibility for NCPs substantially increases the opportunities for referral and enrollment of this group into WtW.
The attached list of grantees is organized by state and includes both formula and competitive grantees. With this list, a local or regional child support office could locate and make contact with the WtW program operators in the area served by the office.
ACTION: Please distribute this list, or appropriate parts of it, to all state and local staff involved in the provision of services to noncustodial parents or their children. We encourage you to contact your WtW counterparts to arrange for cross-referrals, as appropriate.
ATTACHMENT: Welfare-to-Work List of Grantees - April 2000 (This information is no longer current; the attachment has been removed.)
David Gray Ross
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: Hub Directors
Regional Program Managers