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  • AFI Dear Colleague Notice on 2015 Poverty Guidelines

    Published: January 30, 2015
    Dear Colleagues, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released the 2015 Poverty Guidelines.  The Poverty Guidelines have a key role in eligibility determination for the Assets for Independence (AFI) program. Please make sure that your program policies and procedures are updated and accordingly. An updated Eligibility Worksheet is available in the AFI Grantee Toolkit section of the AFI Resource Center or can be downloaded directly by clicking here.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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 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.
  • Dear Colleague Letter- Family Violence Awareness Month in October

    Published: November 20, 2014
    Dear Colleagues: The purpose of this is to provide Assets for Independence (AFI) grantees with information about domestic violence awareness resources because AFI grantees have an important role in helping families struggling with domestic violence. The attached letter is released in partnership with the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services, celebrating 30 years as the primary federal funding stream for domestic violence shelters, supportive services, and the national domestic violence hotline (www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa).
  • 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:
  • Building Financial Capability in Youth Employment Programs

    Published: August 20, 2014
    Youth employment programs present a promising opportunity for helping disadvantaged youth acquire the financial knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to effectively manage their finances through adulthood. In recognition of this, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) partnered to produce Building Financial Capability in Youth Employment Programs.  This report provides an overview of the valuable lessons drawn from a 2013 roundtable of national and local leaders from promising programs that CFPB convened in collaboration with other federal agencies on the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC).
  • AFI IM Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses/Marriages

    Published: May 22, 2014
    On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, struck down the prohibition on federal recognition of same-sex marriages.  OCS is issuing this guidance to advise AFI grantees of HHS’s policy consistent with the decision in United States v. Windsor in the administration of all AFI projects.   
  • AFI Reports to Congress

    Published: September 17, 2013
    The Office of Community Services 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 11th Report to Congress FY 2010

    Published: October 11, 2012
    The Office of Community Services 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Dear Colleague Letter Guidance on Effect of 2010 Tax Law on Eligibility Determination

    Published: May 30, 2012
    We wanted to share important information about provisions of the new federal tax law that affect eligibility for services through federally-funded programs. In addition to a summary of key points for AFI grantees, the Guidance on Effect of 2010 Tax Law on Eligibility Determination provides an in-depth description of the law.  
  • 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.  
  • 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 IM Closeout Procedures

    Published: August 1, 2005
    Guidance on required procedures and timelines for completing and finalizing AFI Grants.
  • AFI IM Procedures for Requesting a No-Cost Extension

    Published: August 1, 2005
    Although the general policies in this IM are still relevant, the procedure for requesting a no-cost extension has changed with the implementation of GrantSolutions. Go to the Overview on Project Changes for more information on requesting a no-cost extension.
  • AFI IM Procedures for Reassigning Participants among AFI Projects

    Published: August 13, 2004
    Guidance about reassigning participants among AFI projects that are administered simultaneously by one grantee organization.

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