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FY 2017 Refugee Social Services Formula Allocations

Dear Colleague Letter 17-07

Published: August 15, 2017

Date: August 9, 2017

Dear Colleague:

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.

Services

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.

Reporting

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 pmssupport@psc.gov.

If you have any questions about the Social Services allocations, please contact lulia Kramar at 202.401.5686  or iulia.kramar@acf.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,
E. Scott Lloyd
Office of Refugee Resettlement


Footnotes

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.)

2. October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2016


FY 2017 Social Services Base Formula Allocation

State Ref C/H Entrant Asylee VOT SIV Splits Secondary Migration Total People *Total Base Funding
Alabama 189 80 13 0 13 30.17 1.00 326 $85,029
Alaska 227 0 31 3 6 23.17 34.33 325 $84,769
Arizona 6,316 1,097 165 68 383 519.08 124.17 8,672 $2,261,886
Arkansas 21 0 5 0 8 0.00 25.00 59 $75,000
**California 12,963 701 4,234 258 7,083 444.50 221.50 25,905 $6,756,707
Colorado 3,202 280 129 10 491 133.00 211.25 4,456 $1,162,242
Connecticut 1,133 14 48 28 192 106.00 18.00 1,539 $401,412
Delaware 3 3 5 1 8 3.00 0.00 23 $75,000
District Of Columbia 10 13 270 74 5 4.83 0.00 377 $98,332
Florida 4,923 101,443 1,672 76 492 1,821.75 10.00 110,438 $28,805,142
Georgia 5,504 237 37 35 405 220.33 73.00 6,511 $1,698,241
Hawaii 7 1 17 4 6 0.00 0.50 36 $75,000
Idaho 1,940 0 2 1 103 68.83 38.17 2,153 $561,559
Illinois 5,499 174 166 83 342 165.33 81.17 6,511 $1,698,241
Indiana 3,610 16 25 2 39 44.25 115.58 3,852 $1,004,703
Iowa 1,738 7 10 1 44 32.33 239.92 2,072 $540,432
Kansas (IRC) 1,560 63 2 0 44 52.33 116.00 1,837 $479,138
Kentucky 4,176 2,466 19 13 186 208.17 335.67 7,404 $1,931,158
Louisiana 253 442 47 87 40 78.50 5.33 953 $248,568
***Maine and RDs 957 2 134 1 59 42.50 31.50 1,227 $320,034
Maryland 2,941 68 1,184 51 754 143.50 21.83 5,163 $1,346,647
Massachusetts 3,000 432 233 12 181 225.67 59.67 4,143 $1,080,604
Michigan 6,868 262 20 12 508 233.75 57.00 7,961 $2,076,439
Minnesota 4,869 21 88 26 139 37.17 1,876.92 7,057 $1,840,652
Mississippi 27 30 2 2 6 6.33 0.00 73 $75,000
Missouri 3,216 210 46 3 212 174.50 163.17 4,025 $1,049,826
Montana 23 3 0 1 1 2.00 0.50 31 $75,000
Nebraska 2,575 9 4 4 279 33.00 56.83 2,961 $772,307
Nevada 1,138 2,861 45 6 174 215.83 226.83 4,667 $1,217,277
New Hampshire 891 0 2 1 9 34.50 13.50 951 $248,046
New Jersey (IRC)  778 645 42 11 177 69.58 4.00 1,727 $450,447
New Mexico 511 210 2 2 85 29.00 10.17 849 $221,442
New York 8,369 653 1,211 201 701 406.83 103.67 11,646 $3,037,584
North Carolina 5,371 548 75 15 246 288.83 46.50 6,590 $1,718,846
North Dakota 939 9 31 1 44 51.50 47.17 1,123 $292,908
Ohio 6,919 38 140 11 222 145.00 104.58 7,580 $1,977,064
Oklahoma 981 68 9 2 49 24.00 86.33 1,219 $317,947
Oregon 2,178 535 46 40 298 122.67 46.17 3,266 $851,859
Pennsylvania 5,407 389 224 52 291 320.67 33.42 6,717 $1,751,971
Rhode Island 467 20 5 2 20 30.50 7.00 552 $143,976
South Carolina 533 45 3 10 26 28.83 4.50 650 $169,537
South Dakota 809 11 5 0 20 51.67 44.83 942 $245,698
Tennessee 3,266 442 125 6 229 172.33 143.50 4,384 $1,143,463
****Texas RDs 14,392 13,646 1,267 326 3,877 1,298.33 390.67 35,197 $9,180,306
Utah 2,158 78 7 21 129 80.00 59.50 2,533 $660,673
Vermont 645 4 5 0 0 27.50 17.83 699 $182,318
Virginia 2,563 143 269 63 2,678 137.50 55.42 5,909 $1,541,223
Washington 5,638 98 634 32 1,022 144.83 320.75 7,890 $2,057,920
West Virginia 52 2 1 0 6 2.00 0.00 63 $75,000
Wisconsin 2,913 5 15 0 74 97.33 98.42 3,203 $835,427
Total 144,668 128,524 12,771 1,658 22,406 8,633.25 5,782.75 324,447 $85,000,000


* 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

 

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