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SSBG Grant Awards Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants FY 2010

SSBG Discretionary

Published: May 22, 2012
Audience:
Social Services Block Grants (SSBG)
Category:
Funding/Allocations, Grant Awards

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.     
50 S. Belcher Road Suite 116
Clearwater, Florida 33765

Program Contact
Mick Thompson
(727) 210-4240
           
Organizational  Description
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is the social services front door for information and referral in Pinellas County.  Quality assurance activities have integrated the use of social networking, and management and integration of the Tampa Bay Information network.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The Heart and Hardware demonstration project service area will be in four at-risk zip code areas in southern Pinellas County.  The project’s approach is to take an existing grassroots place-based provider in two of the zip code areas, and offer high technology enhancements to serve clients more effectively and efficiently.    A new provider currently providing limited social services benefits has been identified to offer high technology services in two of the four zip code areas.  The Project Coordinator and Social Services and Benefits navigators will implement technology enhancements that connect people to services real-time and limit duplication.  Clients will be able to “tell their story” one time, have navigators capture it on the Tampa Bay Information Network, and preserve the information for other providers who may help them in the future.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include increasing coordination of benefits service delivery in two zip code areas and the simultaneous implementation of a new coordination of benefits delivery in two other zip code areas.  The combined outcomes will identify best practice models for replication in other parts of Pinellas County.   The targeted community approach is expected to result in an increased number of applications completed by residents in the four zip code areas; a rise in the number of approved applications and the amount of benefits issued; improved benefit recertification process; and higher rate of benefits retention.

 

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

PathWays PA

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
PathWays PA
310 Amosland Road
Homes, Pennsylvania 19043
                       
Program Contact
Carol Goertzel
(610) 543-5022
           
Organizational Description
PathWays PA conducts extensive multi-county financial education that incorporates benefits enrollment, workshops, individual financial consulting, and print/electronic benefit policy publications and tools.  PathWays PA is a lead agency for facilitating and providing benefit coordination, services and financial education to the most under-privileged citizens.
 
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
PathWays PA proposed to develop a program, Pathway$ to Benefit$, whose primary goal is to implement a sustainable and replicable model for comprehensive benefits outreach, assessment, and enrollment coordination for workforce development facilities and social service agencies to increase the number of underserved individuals and families who receive benefits and entitlements.  Target populations include: 1) underemployed; 2) unemployed (including those recently unemployed); 3) those returning from incarceration and needing employment; 4) populations with low-literacy skills; and 5) nonprofit agencies.  Primary partners in this effort are four Pennsylvania CareerLink sites (two in Philadelphia and two in Delaware County).

Expected Outcomes
Short-term outcomes expected include: 2,000 clients receiving new benefits; 3,000 consumers receiving financial education; 60 agency staff participating in benefit training workshops; increased hits to project social media by consumers and professionals; increase in newsletter circulation; ongoing feedback to and from government agencies about project activities and outcomes.  Long-term outcomes include: increase in consumers assessed for benefits from other agencies; consumers enrolled in benefits; consumers more financially literate; and consumers enrolled in benefits at agency sites receiving training.

 

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  
111 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Program Contact
Gloria Friedman
(312) 347-8381
           
Organizational  Description
Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) of Metropolitan Chicago is the principal provider in Chicago and suburban Cook County of free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people and communities.  LAF assists individuals struggling to navigate the complex bureaucracy of various public benefits programs.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The main goals of the project are: to ensure that individuals in Cook County, Illinois understand all the benefits they are entitled to and get enrolled in all the programs for which they are eligible; to identify systemic problems (within one State office or some Illinois Department of Human Services’ case handlers) and rectify them. LAF will partner with 15-25 agency sites where potential clients go for other services, and on a regular basis send Public Benefits Enrollment Specialists to those sites to screen people for public benefits, educate them on what they are eligible and help them enroll in the benefit programs.  LAF will work with partners to reach under-served communities, especially immigrants and newly poor. 

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) screen 11,000 clients to determine benefits eligibility; 2) assist 9,900 clients with applications; 3) enroll 9,200 individuals in one or more benefit programs; 4) train 20-30 staff at 15-25 partner agency sites; 5) establish partnerships with 15-25 agency sites throughout Cook County to reach under-served populations; 6) rectify systemic problems having an unfair or adverse negative affect on potential public benefits recipients.

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

MaineCommunity Action Association

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Maine Community Action Association
66 Winthrop Street
Augusta, Maine 04330

Program Contact
Matt Smith
(207) 622-0203

Organizational Description
The Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) is a statewide organization representing Maine’s ten community action agencies.  MCAA identified the need for a “one stop shop” approach for benefits enrollment, and an online benefit screening and application tool as the best method for achieving it.  The Benefit Bank was selected for implementation.  

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
Implement The Benefit Bank in all 10 Community Action Agencies (CAA) across the State.  It is estimated that over $143 million in State and Federal benefits go unclaimed in Maine each year.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) 22,156 individuals will be served and receive a total of $30.5 million in benefits; 2) 15,699 applications will be filed; 3) secure commitments from other community, faith-based, and government agencies to offer The Benefit Bank at their sites fostering sustainability and expanding the program’s reach and impact beyond the grant period; and 4) Maine economy will see a sustained increase in activity due to expanded work supports.

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Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Amador Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.
935 South Highway 49
Jackson, California 95370

Program Contact:
Shelly Hance
(209) 223-1485          

Organizational  Description:
This project is a diverse community partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, local public agencies, faith-based and community service organizations providing local benefits or services. Four California rural Sierra Mountain counties make up the regional structure. Operational partners are the nonprofit Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, the Community Action Agency, the Resource Connection, and the Calveras County public agency of Calworks.    

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
The program is to be developed as a pilot project in Calveras County. The Central Sierra’s improved benefits outreach and enrollment will be accomplished in three phases: program design development (2 months); implementation with field-testing for development of best practices (8 months); and deployment (2 months) of the new system for coordination outreach and enrollment of underserved recipients. 

Expected Outcomes:
Outcomes expected include: 1) a network of distributed benefits outreach and enrollment access services centers are established; 2) secure Internet website for distributed outreach contact; 3) collaborative operating policies and procedures; 4) replicable model for deployment in the other three central Sierra counties; 5) inventory of social, health and other services and income maintenance programs is developed; 6) recipients will have Internet accounts; 7) a county level Collaborative Steering Committee is established.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.     
50 S. Belcher Road Suite 116
Clearwater, Florida 33765

Program Contact
Mick Thompson
(727) 210-4240
           
Organizational  Description
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is the social services front door for information and referral in Pinellas County.  Quality assurance activities have integrated the use of social networking, and management and integration of the Tampa Bay Information network.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The Heart and Hardware demonstration project service area will be in four at-risk zip code areas in southern Pinellas County.  The project’s approach is to take an existing grassroots place-based provider in two of the zip code areas, and offer high technology enhancements to serve clients more effectively and efficiently.    A new provider currently providing limited social services benefits has been identified to offer high technology services in two of the four zip code areas.  The Project Coordinator and Social Services and Benefits navigators will implement technology enhancements that connect people to services real-time and limit duplication.  Clients will be able to “tell their story” one time, have navigators capture it on the Tampa Bay Information Network, and preserve the information for other providers who may help them in the future.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include increasing coordination of benefits service delivery in two zip code areas and the simultaneous implementation of a new coordination of benefits delivery in two other zip code areas.  The combined outcomes will identify best practice models for replication in other parts of Pinellas County.   The targeted community approach is expected to result in an increased number of applications completed by residents in the four zip code areas; a rise in the number of approved applications and the amount of benefits issued; improved benefit recertification process; and higher rate of benefits retention.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

PathWays PA

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
PathWays PA
310 Amosland Road
Homes, Pennsylvania 19043
Program Contact
Carol Goertzel
(610) 543-5022
           
Organizational Description
PathWays PA conducts extensive multi-county financial education that incorporates benefits enrollment, workshops, individual financial consulting, and print/electronic benefit policy publications and tools.  PathWays PA is a lead agency for facilitating and providing benefit coordination, services and financial education to the most under-privileged citizens.
 
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
PathWays PA proposed to develop a program, Pathway$ to Benefit$, whose primary goal is to implement a sustainable and replicable model for comprehensive benefits outreach, assessment, and enrollment coordination for workforce development facilities and social service agencies to increase the number of underserved individuals and families who receive benefits and entitlements.  Target populations include: 1) underemployed; 2) unemployed (including those recently unemployed); 3) those returning from incarceration and needing employment; 4) populations with low-literacy skills; and 5) nonprofit agencies.  Primary partners in this effort are four Pennsylvania CareerLink sites (two in Philadelphia and two in Delaware County).

Expected Outcomes
Short-term outcomes expected include: 2,000 clients receiving new benefits; 3,000 consumers receiving financial education; 60 agency staff participating in benefit training workshops; increased hits to project social media by consumers and professionals; increase in newsletter circulation; ongoing feedback to and from government agencies about project activities and outcomes.  Long-term outcomes include: increase in consumers assessed for benefits from other agencies; consumers enrolled in benefits; consumers more financially literate; and consumers enrolled in benefits at agency sites receiving training.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  
111 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Program Contact
Gloria Friedman
(312) 347-8381
           
Organizational  Description
Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) of Metropolitan Chicago is the principal provider in Chicago and suburban Cook County of free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people and communities.  LAF assists individuals struggling to navigate the complex bureaucracy of various public benefits programs.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The main goals of the project are: to ensure that individuals in Cook County, Illinois understand all the benefits they are entitled to and get enrolled in all the programs for which they are eligible; to identify systemic problems (within one State office or some Illinois Department of Human Services’ case handlers) and rectify them. LAF will partner with 15-25 agency sites where potential clients go for other services, and on a regular basis send Public Benefits Enrollment Specialists to those sites to screen people for public benefits, educate them on what they are eligible and help them enroll in the benefit programs.  LAF will work with partners to reach under-served communities, especially immigrants and newly poor. 

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) screen 11,000 clients to determine benefits eligibility; 2) assist 9,900 clients with applications; 3) enroll 9,200 individuals in one or more benefit programs; 4) train 20-30 staff at 15-25 partner agency sites; 5) establish partnerships with 15-25 agency sites throughout Cook County to reach under-served populations; 6) rectify systemic problems having an unfair or adverse negative affect on potential public benefits recipients.

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

MaineCommunity Action Association

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Maine Community Action Association
66 Winthrop Street
Augusta, Maine 04330

Program Contact
Matt Smith
(207) 622-0203

Organizational Description
The Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) is a statewide organization representing Maine’s ten community action agencies.  MCAA identified the need for a “one stop shop” approach for benefits enrollment, and an online benefit screening and application tool as the best method for achieving it.  The Benefit Bank was selected for implementation.  

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
Implement The Benefit Bank in all 10 Community Action Agencies (CAA) across the State.  It is estimated that over $143 million in State and Federal benefits go unclaimed in Maine each year.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) 22,156 individuals will be served and receive a total of $30.5 million in benefits; 2) 15,699 applications will be filed; 3) secure commitments from other community, faith-based, and government agencies to offer The Benefit Bank at their sites fostering sustainability and expanding the program’s reach and impact beyond the grant period; and 4) Maine economy will see a sustained increase in activity due to expanded work supports.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Amador Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.
935 South Highway 49
Jackson, California 95370

Program Contact:
Shelly Hance
(209) 223-1485          

Organizational  Description:
This project is a diverse community partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, local public agencies, faith-based and community service organizations providing local benefits or services. Four California rural Sierra Mountain counties make up the regional structure. Operational partners are the nonprofit Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, the Community Action Agency, the Resource Connection, and the Calveras County public agency of Calworks.    

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
The program is to be developed as a pilot project in Calveras County. The Central Sierra’s improved benefits outreach and enrollment will be accomplished in three phases: program design development (2 months); implementation with field-testing for development of best practices (8 months); and deployment (2 months) of the new system for coordination outreach and enrollment of underserved recipients. 

Expected Outcomes:
Outcomes expected include: 1) a network of distributed benefits outreach and enrollment access services centers are established; 2) secure Internet website for distributed outreach contact; 3) collaborative operating policies and procedures; 4) replicable model for deployment in the other three central Sierra counties; 5) inventory of social, health and other services and income maintenance programs is developed; 6) recipients will have Internet accounts; 7) a county level Collaborative Steering Committee is established.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.     
50 S. Belcher Road Suite 116
Clearwater, Florida 33765

Program Contact
Mick Thompson
(727) 210-4240
           
Organizational  Description
211 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is the social services front door for information and referral in Pinellas County.  Quality assurance activities have integrated the use of social networking, and management and integration of the Tampa Bay Information network.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The Heart and Hardware demonstration project service area will be in four at-risk zip code areas in southern Pinellas County.  The project’s approach is to take an existing grassroots place-based provider in two of the zip code areas, and offer high technology enhancements to serve clients more effectively and efficiently.    A new provider currently providing limited social services benefits has been identified to offer high technology services in two of the four zip code areas.  The Project Coordinator and Social Services and Benefits navigators will implement technology enhancements that connect people to services real-time and limit duplication.  Clients will be able to “tell their story” one time, have navigators capture it on the Tampa Bay Information Network, and preserve the information for other providers who may help them in the future.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include increasing coordination of benefits service delivery in two zip code areas and the simultaneous implementation of a new coordination of benefits delivery in two other zip code areas.  The combined outcomes will identify best practice models for replication in other parts of Pinellas County.   The targeted community approach is expected to result in an increased number of applications completed by residents in the four zip code areas; a rise in the number of approved applications and the amount of benefits issued; improved benefit recertification process; and higher rate of benefits retention.

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

PathWays PA

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
PathWays PA
310 Amosland Road
Homes, Pennsylvania 19043
                       
Program Contact
Carol Goertzel
(610) 543-5022
           
Organizational Description
PathWays PA conducts extensive multi-county financial education that incorporates benefits enrollment, workshops, individual financial consulting, and print/electronic benefit policy publications and tools.  PathWays PA is a lead agency for facilitating and providing benefit coordination, services and financial education to the most under-privileged citizens.
 
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
PathWays PA proposed to develop a program, Pathway$ to Benefit$, whose primary goal is to implement a sustainable and replicable model for comprehensive benefits outreach, assessment, and enrollment coordination for workforce development facilities and social service agencies to increase the number of underserved individuals and families who receive benefits and entitlements.  Target populations include: 1) underemployed; 2) unemployed (including those recently unemployed); 3) those returning from incarceration and needing employment; 4) populations with low-literacy skills; and 5) nonprofit agencies.  Primary partners in this effort are four Pennsylvania CareerLink sites (two in Philadelphia and two in Delaware County).

Expected Outcomes
Short-term outcomes expected include: 2,000 clients receiving new benefits; 3,000 consumers receiving financial education; 60 agency staff participating in benefit training workshops; increased hits to project social media by consumers and professionals; increase in newsletter circulation; ongoing feedback to and from government agencies about project activities and outcomes.  Long-term outcomes include: increase in consumers assessed for benefits from other agencies; consumers enrolled in benefits; consumers more financially literate; and consumers enrolled in benefits at agency sites receiving training.

 

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  
111 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Program Contact
Gloria Friedman
(312) 347-8381
           
Organizational  Description
Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) of Metropolitan Chicago is the principal provider in Chicago and suburban Cook County of free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people and communities.  LAF assists individuals struggling to navigate the complex bureaucracy of various public benefits programs.
           
Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds
The main goals of the project are: to ensure that individuals in Cook County, Illinois understand all the benefits they are entitled to and get enrolled in all the programs for which they are eligible; to identify systemic problems (within one State office or some Illinois Department of Human Services’ case handlers) and rectify them. LAF will partner with 15-25 agency sites where potential clients go for other services, and on a regular basis send Public Benefits Enrollment Specialists to those sites to screen people for public benefits, educate them on what they are eligible and help them enroll in the benefit programs.  LAF will work with partners to reach under-served communities, especially immigrants and newly poor. 

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) screen 11,000 clients to determine benefits eligibility; 2) assist 9,900 clients with applications; 3) enroll 9,200 individuals in one or more benefit programs; 4) train 20-30 staff at 15-25 partner agency sites; 5) establish partnerships with 15-25 agency sites throughout Cook County to reach under-served populations; 6) rectify systemic problems having an unfair or adverse negative affect on potential public benefits recipients.

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

MaineCommunity Action Association

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Maine Community Action Association
66 Winthrop Street
Augusta, Maine 04330

Program Contact
Matt Smith
(207) 622-0203

Organizational Description
The Maine Community Action Association (MCAA) is a statewide organization representing Maine’s ten community action agencies.  MCAA identified the need for a “one stop shop” approach for benefits enrollment, and an online benefit screening and application tool as the best method for achieving it.  The Benefit Bank was selected for implementation.  

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
Implement The Benefit Bank in all 10 Community Action Agencies (CAA) across the State.  It is estimated that over $143 million in State and Federal benefits go unclaimed in Maine each year.

Expected Outcomes
Outcomes expected include: 1) 22,156 individuals will be served and receive a total of $30.5 million in benefits; 2) 15,699 applications will be filed; 3) secure commitments from other community, faith-based, and government agencies to offer The Benefit Bank at their sites fostering sustainability and expanding the program’s reach and impact beyond the grant period; and 4) Maine economy will see a sustained increase in activity due to expanded work supports.

 

Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Grants
FY 2010
Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.

Amount
$350,000

Grant Recipient
Amador Tuolomne Community Resources, Inc.
935 South Highway 49
Jackson, California 95370

Program Contact:
Shelly Hance
(209) 223-1485          

Organizational  Description:
This project is a diverse community partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, local public agencies, faith-based and community service organizations providing local benefits or services. Four California rural Sierra Mountain counties make up the regional structure. Operational partners are the nonprofit Amador-Tuolomne Community Resources, the Community Action Agency, the Resource Connection, and the Calveras County public agency of Calworks.    

Use(s) of ACF Program Grant Funds:
The program is to be developed as a pilot project in Calveras County. The Central Sierra’s improved benefits outreach and enrollment will be accomplished in three phases: program design development (2 months); implementation with field-testing for development of best practices (8 months); and deployment (2 months) of the new system for coordination outreach and enrollment of underserved recipients. 

Expected Outcomes:
Outcomes expected include: 1) a network of distributed benefits outreach and enrollment access services centers are established; 2) secure Internet website for distributed outreach contact; 3) collaborative operating policies and procedures; 4) replicable model for deployment in the other three central Sierra counties; 5) inventory of social, health and other services and income maintenance programs is developed; 6) recipients will have Internet accounts; 7) a county level Collaborative Steering Committee is established.