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FY 2015 Social Services Formula Allocations

State Letter 15-04

Published: April 28, 2015

TO:    State Refugee Coordinators

FROM: Bob Carey
             Director
            Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: FY 2015 Social Services Formula Allocations

Below is a table that displays the FY 2015 Social Services allocations and the population figures used to determine the allocations.  The population figures are based on FY 2013 and FY 2014 arrivals data (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014) in the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS) and data for the same time period that States submitted to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and that ORR matched against the data in RADS.
      
A State's formula allocation is calculated as follows:

  1. The total amount of funds available for this purpose divided by:
  2. 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), as shown by the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System for FY 2013 and FY 2014. 

Floor allocations for States with low numbers of arrivals are also determined by the allocation formula.

  1. A base [floor] amount of $75,000 is provided for any State with a population of 100 or fewer refugees who have been in the U.S. two years or less.

The formula allocation floors for States with small numbers of arrivals provide funding for the minimal structure for a State to provide employment and other social services necessary for successful resettlement in American communities.

Services

Services to refugees must be provided in accordance with 45 C.F.R. 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 C.F.R. 400.152(b)). 

Allowable social services are those indicated in 45 C.F.R. 400.154 and 400.155.  Requests to provide additional services not included in these sections must be submitted to, and approved by, the Director of ORR, as required under 45 C.F.R. 400.155(h).

In accordance with 45 C.F.R. 400.147, States are required to 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 U.S. 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 are required to submit (1) the ORR-6 Performance Reports on a trimester basis and (2) Standard Form (SF) 425 Federal Financial Report on a quarterly basis. 

Performance Reports are submitted using Schedule A and Schedule C of the ORR-6 (OMB Clearance Number 0970-0036).  The ORR-6 Performance Reports are submitted to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  The ORR-6 Performance Report may be found at: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/report-forms.
 
Effective October 1, 2013, grantees must submit the SF-425 Federal Financial Report through ACF’s On-Line Data Collection (OLDC) system.  

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

FY 2015 Social Services Formula (PDF 109KB)

State Refugees Cuban-Haitian Entrants Secondary Migration Asylees Victims of Trafficking Special Immigrant Visas Total  Total Funding 
Alabama 236 35 -83 16 18 19 241  $81,724
Alaska 247 7 -9 6 2 12 265  $89,862
Arizona 6,016 521 -568 182 78 402 6,631  $2,248,587
Arkansas 14 4 -4 0 2 5 21  $75,000
California* 12,491 329 -119 6,239 261 4,269 23,470  $7,958,730
Colorado 3,602 49 36 191 16 280 4,174  $1,415,413
Connecticut 1,090 1 -196 36 14 131 1,076  $364,874
Delaware 6 11 7 25 0 12 61  $75,000
District Of Columbia 40 1 -9 441 47 33 553  $187,524
Florida 7,139 50,717 746 2,189 61 311 61,163  $20,738,815
Georgia 5,404 116 -417 30 41 302 5,476  $1,856,924
Hawaii 8 0 -1 0 14 4 25  $75,000
Idaho 1,898 2 -173 2 0 87 1,816  $615,810
Illinois 5,031 74 -144 307 58 326 5,652  $1,916,606
Indiana 3,155 1 72 52 1 71 3,352  $1,136,671
Iowa 1,290 2 128 14 0 41 1,475  $500,176
Kansas 964 3 106 2 1 38 1,114  $377,760
Kentucky 3,452 1,411 18 42 5 128 5,056  $1,714,501
Louisiana 434 168 -57 19 37 30 631  $213,974
Maine 738 1 67 121 0 56 983  $333,338
Maryland 2,469 5 -148 1,342 10 573 4,251  $1,441,524
Massachusetts 3,770 162 -387 289 8 213 4,055  $1,375,060
Michigan 8,657 17 -200 35 9 355 8,873  $3,008,854
Minnesota 4,446 4 3,265 37 7 86 7,845  $2,660,257
Mississippi 10 6 -6 0 1 1 12  $75,000
Missouri 2,660 122 -220 51 6 167 2,786  $944,739
Montana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  $75,000
Nebraska 2,073 16 44 0 5 166 2,304  $781,292
Nevada 1,132 1,550 96 66 4 87 2,935  $995,265
New Hampshire 724 1 -5 1 0 18 739  $250,597
New Jersey 806 373 -122 111 11 100 1,279  $433,712
New Mexico 456 205 -131 0 8 59 597  $202,444
New York 8,047 410 -496 1,526 145 611 10,243  $3,473,424
North Carolina 4,820 166 -319 151 16 285 5,119  $1,735,864
North Dakota 1,038 0 55 4 0 23 1,120  $379,795
Ohio 5,603 45 -238 153 5 196 5,764  $1,954,585
Oklahoma 689 32 298 19 2 29 1,069  $362,500
Oregon 1,894 335 -63 74 28 152 2,420  $820,627
Pennsylvania 5,246 330 -382 177 16 226 5,613  $1,903,381
Rhode Island 359 0 -34 0 0 25 350  $118,686
South Carolina 269 19 -20 9 17 49 343  $116,312
South Dakota 1,056 6 25 11 0 14 1,112  $377,082
Tennessee 3,017 149 9 232 2 343 3,752  $1,272,312
Texas 14,689 4,458 -362 1,364 222 2,592 22,963  $7,786,805
Utah 2,274 5 -122 0 15 166 2,338  $792,821
Vermont 639 1 10 7 0 11 668  $226,520
Virginia 2,782 28 -214 300 56 1,682 4,634  $1,571,400
Washington 4,897 45 98 209 37 590 5,876  $1,992,565
West Virginia 53 0 1 0 1 10 65  $75,000
Wisconsin 2,078 22 198 59 1 61 2,419  $820,288
Wyoming** 0 0 0 0 0 5 5  $0  
Total Population 139,908 61,965   16,141 1,288 15,452 234,784  $80,000,000


* A portion of the CA RSS formula allocation will be awarded to the San Diego Wilson-Fish Program
**The state of Wyoming does not participate in the State Administered Refugee Resettlement Program

Last Reviewed: February 15, 2019