Cuban/Haitian Social Services Set-Aside Fiscal Year 2017

Dear Colleague Letter 16-09

Publication Date: September 15, 2016

Date: September 15, 2016

Dear Colleague:

ORR will issue Cuban/Haitian funding to states as a set-aside within the fiscal year (FY) 2017 social services formula allocation. States that served more than 325 Cuban and Haitian refugees and entrants in FY 2014 and FY 2015 qualify for Cuban/Haitian funding. The table below provides the FY 2017 Cuban/Haitian set-aside by state.

Services to Cuban and Haitian refugees and entrants must be provided in accordance with 45 CFR 400.154 and 400.155. States receiving Cuban/Haitian funding must direct funding to individuals most in need of additional support including, but not limited to, new arrivals; individuals without family or resettlement agency support; or individuals facing long-term barriers to employment and integration who are unable to access adequate services through mainstream assistance.

States receiving Cuban/Haitian funding should focus on the following categories and allowable activities:

  • Employment services, such as assessment; pre-employment counseling; job development and placement services; services aimed at placing two or more family members in jobs; and supportive services, including transportation and transitional child care to maintain employment or participate in employment services.
  • Health Support by working with hospitals and other health programs, such as mental health and medical services for Cuban and Haitian refugees and entrants who are not covered by existing local, state, or federal programs.
  • Vocational Services that create opportunities through adult and vocational education services, such as vocational English language training, literacy training, short-term skills training, career counseling, recertification, and degree programs provided to Cuban and Haitian entrants and refugees who would not be served through regular high school programs.
  • Citizenship and Naturalization activities to help Cuban and Haitian refugees and entrants naturalize, such as outreach, provision of enhanced English language training, civics instruction, counseling, and application assistance, including interpretation and translation. Application fees for citizenship examinations are not allowable using the set-aside funds.

States must report all Cuban/Haitian activities as part of their ORR-6 submission, including a summary in the narrative section of the report. The summary should include information related to the number of clients served as well as the type and frequency of services provided.

As part of the social services grant, ORR will enhance monitoring to ensure Cuban/Haitian funding is targeting services to best meet the needs of recently arrived Cuban and Haitian refugees and entrants. ORR will assess the provision of these services and identify best practices as a basis for future formula funding determinations and set-aside activities.

Please direct any questions on this Dear Colleague Letter to Carl Rubenstein, Director of the Division of Refugee Assistance, at

Robert Carey, Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

FY2017 Cuban Haitian Social Services Set - Aside Table

State Name  Total FY2014-FY2015 populations served Total FY2017 Funding*
Florida 77,234 $15,036,588
Texas 8,492 $1,653,307
Nevada 2,186 $425,592
Kentucky 2,056 $400,283
Arizona 924 $179,894
New York 743 $144,655
New Jersey 637 $124,018
Pennsylvania 523 $101,823
California 517 $100,655
Oregon 451 $87,805
Tennessee 438 $85,274
Louisiana 333 $64,832
North Carolina 325 $63,274
Total 94,859 $18,468,000

*FY2017 funding actions are subject to availability of funding and Congressional action

Current as of: