FY 2017 Refugee Social Services Formula Allocations
Dear Colleague Letter 17-07
Date: August 9, 2017
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has determined the Refugee Social Services funding for each state and replacement designee for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The attached table displays the FY 2017 social services base funding and the "population served"1 figures used to determine the allocations. To arrive at the "population served" figures, ORR compares, or matches, the FY 2015 and FY 20162 "population served" data in the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS) against the data that states submitted for the same time period. ORR then divides the total amount of funds available by the adjusted "population served" figure to calculate each state's funding.
States that have a "population served" of 100 people or fewer who have been in the United States for two years or less receive a base amount of $75,000. The base amount provides states with funding to support a minimal structure for the provision of employment and other social services necessary for successful resettlement in American communities.
States must provide services in accordance with 45 CFR Part 400 Subpart I -- Refugee Social Services. Although the allocation formula is based on the most recent two-year refugee population, states may provide services to refugees who have been in the country up to 60 months (5 years), with the exception of referral and interpreter services and citizenship and naturalization preparation services for which there is no time limitation (45 CFR §400.152(b)).
The regulations at 45 CFR §400.154 and §400.155 indicate the allowable social services. States must submit requests to the ORR Director and receive approval, as provided under 45 CFR §400.155(h), if they wish to provide additional services not included in these sections.
In accordance with 45 CFR §400.147, states must provide social services to refugees in the following order of priority, except in certain individual extreme circumstances: (a) all newly arriving refugees during their first year in the United States who apply for services; (b) refugees who are receiving cash assistance; (c) unemployed refugees who are not receiving cash assistance; and (d) employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain economic independence. States should, to the extent possible, ensure that all newly arriving refugees receive refugee-specific services designed to address the employment barriers that refugees typically face.
States must submit (1) the ORR-6 Performance Reports on a trimester basis and (2) Standard Form (SF) 425 Federal Financial Report on a quarterly basis.
States use Schedule A and Schedule C of the ORR-6 (0MB Clearance Number 0970-0036) for Performance Reports, which they submit to ORR. The ORR-6 Performance Report may be found at: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/report-forms.
Beginning with FY16 grant awards, grantees must submit SF-425 Federal Financial Reports through the Payment Management System (PMS). For questions regarding PMS, please contact the PMS Help Desk at 877.614.5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the Social Services allocations, please contact lulia Kramar at 202.401.5686 or email@example.com.
E. Scott Lloyd
Office of Refugee Resettlement
1. "Population served" includes the total number of refugees, Cuban and Haitian Entrants (including Cuban Medical Professional Parolees and Havana Parolees), asylees, certain Amerasians from Vietnam, victims of severe forms of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants (adjusted for verified secondary migration.)
FY 2017 Social Services Base Formula Allocation
|State||Ref||C/H Entrant||Asylee||VOT||SIV||Splits||Secondary Migration||Total People||*Total Base Funding|
|District Of Columbia||10||13||270||74||5||4.83||0.00||377||$98,332|
|***Maine and RDs||957||2||134||1||59||42.50||31.50||1,227||$320,034|
|New Jersey (IRC)||778||645||42||11||177||69.58||4.00||1,727||$450,447|
* FY 2017 Social Services Formula Allocation total funding does not include Cuban Haitian, School Impact and Elderly Program Set-Asides
** A portion of the CA RSS formula allocation will be award ed to the San Diego Wilson-Fish Program
*** A portion of ME RSS formula allocation will be awarded to the Replacement Designees
**** TX RSS formula allocation will be awarded between the Replacement Designees