Fiscal Year 2019 Refugee School Impact Support Services Set-Aside

Dear Colleague Letter 18-07

Publication Date: October 1, 2018

Date: September 28, 2018

Dear Colleague:

ORR will issue Refugee School Impact (RSI) funding to states as a “set-aside” within the fiscal year (FY) 20191 Refugee Support Services (RSS) formula allocation.  This letter details RSI FY 2019 allocation determinations and final amounts.  An upcoming Policy Letter will outline program goals and recommended services, as well as program reporting and monitoring activities.  

FY 2019 Allocations
The FY 2019 allocations to states, Wilson/Fish programs, and replacement designees are based on the number of ORR-eligible individuals, aged 5-18, who were served within FY 2017, as reported in the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS).  States, Wilson/Fish programs, and replacement designees that served at least 60 ORR-eligible individuals, aged 5-18, qualify for funding.

The chart below documents the number of eligible individuals served in each state in FY 2017 and the corresponding funding allocations for the RSI program for FY 2019.  The proposed allocations are based on the availability of federal funding and will be included in the quarterly FY 2019 RSS allocation as a “set-aside.”

As required under ORR regulation 45 C.F.R. §400.210, these funds must be obligated by September 30, 2020, and must be liquidated by September 30, 2021.

State, Wilson - Fish Program, Replacement Designee Total Served FY17
(60> served)
Aged 5-18
FY19 Allocation
California 4,059 1,000,000
Florida 3,903 1,000,000
Texas 3,218 1,000,000
New York 1,461 903,863
Washington 1,225 757,859
Virginia 1,192 737,444
Arizona 1,026 634,746
Ohio 1,016 628,559
Michigan 987 610,618
Pennsylvania 839 519,056
Kentucky 802 496,166
Georgia 742 459,046
Maryland 738 456,572
North Carolina 730 451,622
Illinois 661 408,935
Minnesota 591 365,628
Missouri 563 348,306
Colorado 521 322,322
Massachusetts 458 283,347
Nebraska 457 282,728
Tennessee 446 275,923
Oregon 393 243,134
Wisconsin 358 221,481
Indiana 339 209,726
Utah 310 191,785
Nevada 276 170,750
Iowa 267 165,182
Idaho 244 150,953
Connecticut 217 134,249
Kansas 196 125,000
Maine 164 125,000
New Jersey 159 125,000
North Dakota 152 125,000
New Hampshire 117 100,000
South Dakota 108 100,000
Vermont 84 75,000
New Mexico 81 75,000
South Carolina 79 75,000
Rhode Island 77 75,000
Oklahoma 71 75,000
Louisiana 63 75,000
Total 29,390 14,580,000


Other states not funded:

State Total Served
Alabama 29
Montana 27
Arkansas 26
Alaska 24
Mississippi 14
District Of Columbia 12
Delaware 5
West Virginia 3
Hawaii 0


Explanation of Allocations
FY 2019 allocations fall into the following tiers: 1) a maximum tier of $1 million in funding to states that served over 3,000 eligible individuals; 2) a per capita tier for states that served between 200-1,500 eligible individuals; and 3) a floor tier for states that served between 60-199 eligible individuals, which was further broken down to 60-99 individuals ($75,000), 100-149 individuals ($100,000), and 150-199 individuals ($125,000).

Resources
Please direct any questions about this Dear Colleague Letter or the RSI program to your ORR Regional Representative.  We also encourage you to utilize ORR’s Technical Assistance provider(s) for additional resources on serving refugees.

Sincerely,
E. Scott Lloyd, Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement


Footnote:

1. October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Current as of: