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AFI DCL EITC Awareness Day

Increase Access to EITC and Connect Tax Refunds to Asset Building
April 1, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the largest IRS public benefits for low-income households. The EITC is a refundable credit for families and individuals that work but earn low wages. It is a powerful work incentive and anti-poverty tool.

Dear Colleague,

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, and in celebration of the next generation of tribal leaders, we, in the Office of Community Services (OCS), are writing today to ask for your partnership in helping create more opportunities for Native youth engagement, empowerment, education and employment.

Dear Colleagues:

As previous letters released in May 2015 and April 2016 have described, the Office of Community Services (OCS) sought approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the proposed Assets for Independence (AFI) program-specific Performance Progress Report (PPR). On August 23, 2016, the proposed AFI PPR was approved by OMB without any changes.  AFI grantees are now required to use the new PPR to report data on their AFI project(s) moving forward.  AFI will no longer collect the SF-PPR form semiannually.  Financial reporting requirements are not affected by the new PPR; grantees must still submit the SF-425 semiannually for each AFI grant.

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.

Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to share with you some news from the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Community Demonstration Programs (DEMO).  In order to more effectively manage the Assets for Independence (AFI) program, we have created two branches: the Program Operations Branch and the Policy and Partnerships Branch.

Fiscal Year 2017 Assets for Independence Program Funding

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 (

Dear Colleagues:
We in the Office of Community Services (OCS) want to make sure you are aware of the President’s 2016 Budget proposals for OCS programs.  Please note that appropriation levels and policy proposals are only final with Congress’s approval.

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.

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 Visit disclaimer page.