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  • Integrating Financial Capability Services into State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Agencies

    The brief shares lessons and approaches for how state TANF agencies can integrate financial capability services into TANF and other emergency assistance services.
  • Integrating Financial Capability Services into Tribal TANF: A Case Study

    Published: October 3, 2018
    The brief describes the experience of the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe, which worked to integrate financial capability services into its TANF program.
  • Acknowledging AFI Grant Funding in Your Publications

    Published: May 30, 2012
    Assets for Independence (AFI) grantees—and their subgrantees—must acknowledge Federal funding when in all publications that describe services and activities that are funded in whole or in part with their AFI grant. Acknowledging that AFI provides financial support to your program not only helps readers to see your program as part of a vibrant community of AFI grantees, but also encourages others to learn more about AFI and possibly apply for a grant of their own.
  • AFI Report to Congress FY 2009

    Published: October 26, 2010
    OCS provides reports to Congress on the status of AFI Program implementation. The reports are based largely on data submitted annually by each grantee, as required by the program authorizing legislation.  
  • AFI Legislation: Assets for Independence Act 42 USC 604

    Published: May 30, 2012
    AFI was established by the Assets for Independence Act (AFI Act) in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, Accountability and Training and Educational Services Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998, P.L. 105-285. It was subsequently amended in December 2000.  
  • Program Performance Management FY 2012

    Published: September 13, 2012
    OCS and a group of AFI grantee leaders have collaborated closely to develop a set of performance measures for the AFI program, plus a series of performance indicators that OCS and grantees can use to manage their day-to-day work to ensure success of the AFI program as well as each AFI project. This section of the AFI web page provides background information on performance management strategies.
  • Guidance for Assets for Independence Grantees Concerning Treatment of Refundable Tax Credits

    Published: September 13, 2012
    Many low-income individuals and families who are eligible for AFI-funded IDA projects are also eligible to receive benefits from Federal refundable tax credits. These include the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, American Opportunity Credit, and the Making Work Pay Credit.
  • Family Strengthening through Integration and Scaling of Asset-Building Strategies: The ASSET Initiative Partnership Environmental Field Scan Report

    Published: December 23, 2014
    OCS is working to encourage the integration of asset building and financial capability into social services and programs for low-income and vulnerable populations. As part of this effort, OCS conducted an environmental field scan from January to March 2013 to analyze trends in integrating asset building, to locate promising asset-building practices and to identify ideas for technical assistance support.
  • AFI Grant Awards FY 2014

    Published: September 30, 2014
    AFI Grant Awards FY 2014   The following applicants received AFI awards under the May 2014 funding cycle:
  • Help with Buying a Home

    Published: December 15, 2014
    Program Assets for Independence (AFI), a Federal program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), enables nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach that improves the economic status of working individuals and families. To locate an AFI IDA program near you, please go to AFI Project Locator.
  • Help Starting a Business

    Published: December 15, 2014
      Assets for Independence (AFI), a Federal program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enables nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach that improves the economic status of working individuals and families.
  • Help with Paying for Higher Education

    Published: December 15, 2014
    Assets for Independence (AFI), a Federal program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enables nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach that improves the economic status of working individuals and families. Please go to AFI Project Locator to find an AFI IDA program  near you.
  • Help with Budgeting and Other Financial Education Services

    Published: December 15, 2014
    Assets for Independence (AFI), a Federal program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enables nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach that improves the economic status of working individuals and families. To locate an AFI IDA program near you, please go to: http://idaresources.acf.hhs.gov/afigrantees
  • AFI Grant Awards

    Published: August 7, 2017
    Assets for Independence (AFI) Grant Awards
  • Building Financial Capability

    Published: March 26, 2015
    Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services (available for download below), is an interactive guide for community-based organizations interested in integrating financial capability services into existing programs (e.g. housing, job training, or Head Start). The interactive tools in the guide walk organizations step-by-step through the process of developing an integration plan, beginning with developing a deeper understanding of clients’ financial circumstances and which financial capability services can help them improve their situations. The guide also includes tools to help organizations determine how best to provide financial capability services—whether through referrals, partnerships, or in-house. The final step in the process is the creation of a logic model that serves as a comprehensive roadmap for implementing the integration plan. Building Financial Capability is a practical resource for organizations providing financial capability services for the first time as well as those that want to improve or expand existing efforts. Since this resource was published, the links to tools in the PDF no longer work. In order to access all the tools, go to https://prosperitynow.org/tools-building-financial-capability-plannin.... To learn more about the guide, view the associated training video series.
  • AFI Grant Awards FY 2015

    Published: April 2, 2015
    Assets for Independence (AFI) Program 2015 Grant Awards
  • AFI Tribal Consultation Report

    Published: August 28, 2015
    This report summarizes the Office of Community Services (OCS) effort to consult with Tribal leaders regarding the proposal to implement an Assets For Independence (AFI) program Performance Progress Report (PPR).  A virtual consultation was held on July 6, 2015, and a transcript of that consultation is attached.
  • AFI Dear Colleague Letter Office of Community Services Restructuring

    Published: September 27, 2016
    To ensure efficient and effective management of OCS programs, the Office of the Director (OD) requested and received approval from the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to restructure OCS Divisions.
  • Financial Capability Integration in Rural Communities

    Published: May 19, 2017
    This brief shares lessons learned about integrating financial capability services into existing programs at four organizations serving rural communities. Financial capability is the capacity—based on knowledge, skills, and access—to manage financial resources effectively. This brief is organized into three sections: selecting financial capability services, deciding who will provide services, and identifying the right points in time to integrate financial capability services.
  • Financial Capability and Head Start

    Published: May 19, 2017
    The following briefs are resources on financial capability topics for Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Assessing Head Start & Early Head Start Families’ Financial Capability This brief outlines strategies and tools Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) can use to gain a deeper understanding of how HS/EHS families are managing their finances to decide which services might help them build financial capability. Financial Coaching in Head Start Programs This brief discusses financial coaching in Head Start settings and presents methods for providing financial coaching as well as training resources for programs interested in building staff capacity to become financial coaches.
  • Roles for Intermediary Organizations in Fostering Financial Capability Integration

    Published: May 19, 2017
    This brief shares lessons learned from three local intermediary organizations that have supported nonprofits in their efforts to integrate financial capability services into existing program. Financial capability is the capacity—based on knowledge, skills, and access—to manage financial resources effectively.
  • AFI Performance Progress Report (PPR) Overview

    Published: August 4, 2017
    AFI Performance Progress Report (PPR) Overview
  • AFI Performance Progress Report (PPR) New Data Requirements

    Published: August 4, 2017
    AFI Performance Progress Report (PPR) New Data Requirements
  • How to Find, Edit, and Submit AFI PPRs in OLDC

    Published: August 4, 2017
    How to Find, Edit, and Submit AFI PPRs in OLDC
  • AFI PPR Long Form Information

    Published: August 4, 2017
    Annual AFI PPR Long Form Overview

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