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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.

AFI IM Clarification on Qualified Expenses for An Eligible Individual

Assets for Independence Program Information Memorandum 2017-01
January 9, 2017

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to clarify what constitutes qualified expenses for an eligible individual.

Please see the attached full Information Memorandum for details.

AFI IM Clarification on Eligibility Determination and Participant Selection

Assets for Independence Program Information Memorandum 2017-02
January 17, 2017

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to provide clarification related to Sections 408 and 409 of the Assets for Independence Act.

Please see the attached full Information Memorandum for details.

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.

AFI Reporting Requirements Overview

Instructions for Old Performance Progress Reports (SF-PPRs)

This webinar from 2016 focuses on AFI project reporting requirements, including the AFI Performance Progress Report (PPR) and the Federal Financial Report or SF-425.