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Fiscal Year 2020 Refugee School Impact Support Services Set-Aside

Dear Colleague Letter 20-03

Published: October 23, 2019
Categories:
School Impact
Topics:
Refugees

October 22, 2019

Dear Colleague:

ORR will issue Refugee School Impact (RSI) funding to states as a “set-aside” within the fiscal year (FY) 20201 Refugee Support Services (RSS) formula allocation. This letter details RSI FY 2020 allocation determinations and final amounts. For a description of program goals and recommended services, as well as program reporting and monitoring activities, please reference PL 19-01.

FY 2020 Allocations

The FY 2020 allocations to states and replacement designees are based on the number of ORR-eligible individuals, aged 5-18, who arrived and were served within FY 2018, as reported in the ORR – 5 and that was verified against the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS).

The chart below documents the number of eligible individuals served in each state in FY 2018 and the corresponding funding allocations for the RSI program for FY 2020. The proposed allocations are based on the availability of federal funding and will be included in the quarterly FY 2020 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, 2021, and must be liquidated by September 30, 2022.

ORR plans to continue funding states for three years before needing to requalify. FY 2020 is considered year two of the three year period, as the qualifying year was FY 2019. States and replacement designees that served over 60 ORR-eligible individuals aged 5-18 in year one, continue to qualify for funding. As a result and as noted in the chart below, six states that were funded in FY 2019 will continue to be funded in FY 2020 even though their client population fell below the total served floor of 60.

State, Replacement Designee

Total Served FY18 Arrivals Aged 5-18

FY20 Allocation

California 1,796 1,000,000
Texas 1,468 1,000,000
Florida 1,172 1,000,000
Washington 813 950,000
New York 732 926,636
Ohio 564 713,966
Virginia 563 678,521
Arizona 497 629,151
Pennsylvania 384 486,104
Kentucky 380 481,041
Georgia 372 470,913
Maryland 371 469,648
North Carolina 368 465,850
Illinois 299 378,503
Michigan 294 372,174
Minnesota 281 355,717
Colorado 280 354,451
Tennessee 246 311,411
Missouri 219 277,231
Utah 200 253,179
Massachusetts 185 234,191
Iowa 179 226,595
Indiana 169 213,937
Kansas 168 212,671
Wisconsin 164 207,607
Nebraska 163 206,341
Idaho 163 206,341
Oregon 151 191,150
Nevada 128 162,035
Connecticut 119 150,642
New Jersey 94 118,994
Louisiana 77 100,000
New Hampshire 68 100,000
South Dakota 64 100,000
North Dakota 63 100,000
Vermont 58 100,000
Rhode Island 42 75,000
Maine 37 75,000
Oklahoma 28 75,000
South Carolina 27 75,000
New Mexico 22 75,000
Total 13,441 14,580,000


Explanation of Allocations
FY 2020 allocations fall into the following tiers: 1) a maximum tier that served 800 or more individuals, which was further broken down to 800-899 eligible individuals ($950,000), and 900 eligible individuals or more ($1,000,000); 2) a per capita tier for states that served between 90-799 eligible individuals; and 3) a floor tier for states that served 89 or less eligible individuals, which was further broken down to 50-89 eligible individuals ($100,000), and 49 - 20 individuals ($75,000), for those states who qualified in FY 2019.

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,
Jonathan H. Hayes
Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

 


Footnote:

1. October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

Last Reviewed: October 23, 2019