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State Letter #00-08

Proposed Social Service and Targeted Assistance Announcements

Published: May 1, 2000


FROM: Lavinia Limón, Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Notices of Proposed FY 2000 Social Service Allocations and Proposed FY 2000

Targeted Assistance Allocations

The 30-day comment period for both notices ends on Wednesday, May 31, 2000. To be considered, comments must be received by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) by close of business on May 31, 2000.

Social Services Notice

Please note that the notice of proposed FY 2000 social service allocations contains an additional $15.5 million from prior year carryover funds as a set-aside to: (1) provide referral services, including outreach, to ensure that refugees are able to access the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other programs for low income populations; and (2) provide for the hiring of interpreters and special interpreter training to enable refugees to have equal access to medical and certain legal services.

Questions regarding the social services notice of proposed allocations should be directed to Barbara Chesnik, Refugee Program Specialist, at (202) 401-4558.

Targeted Assistance Notice

The notice of proposed FY 2000 targeted assistance allocations continues eligibility for those qualifying counties determined eligible in FY 1999, and listed in this notice as qualified to apply for FY 2000 targeted assistance funding. These same counties remain qualified through FY 2001 on the basis of the most current five-year refugee/entrant arrival data.

Applications should not be sent to ORR in response to this notice of proposed allocations. The deadline for applications will be established by the final notice.

Questions regarding the targeted assistance notice of proposed allocations should be directed to Gayle Smith, Director, Division of Refugee Self- Sufficiency, at (202) 205-3590.