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1 JOBS Program Overview Multnomah County 0

2 Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families TANF A program that provides cash, medical insurance and employment and training services to low-income families. Employment and training services are provided through the JOBS program. It is both an economic stability and employment program and a family stabilization and children s program. Besides cash assistance and JOBS services, DHS provides case management support to families. 1

3 Client Profile Single mother, two children No job; Income less than $616 per month Receives $506 per month in TANF cash assistance May live with family or share low-income apartment with others Limited transportation options Family stability challenges such as homelessness or domestic violence

4 Multnomah County s TANF and JOBS Program Who Does TANF Reach? Represents about 1/3 of Oregon children living in poverty Approximately 50% of children receiving TANF are between ages 0 and 5 Approximately 38% of children in foster care had been on the TANF program within the previous two months before entering foster care TANF provides short term cash assistance to families with children. To qualify, a family must earn below 38% of the Federal Poverty Level (family of three $616 per month) Maximum cash payment is $506 per month for a family of 3 (about 31% of FPL). This grant amount is far from meeting the need especially in Multnomah County where rents continue to rise. Approximately 96% of all families receiving TANF have no earnings. 3

5 TANF Programs Pre-TANF Screening for family stability Determination of eligibility for TANF and other programs Payments up to 100% of TANF grant for basic needs 45-day max. participation Job Search TANF Job Opportunity & Basic Skills Work Experience or Supported Work JOBS Plus Paid work Self-employment Other TANF Components Pre-SSI/SSDI Help applying for federal disability benefits Domestic Violence Grant to escape or remain free from domestic violence TANF Refugee Serves families admitted to U.S. as refugees, asylees, victims of trafficking, etc. Family Support & Connections Contracted services to serve families at risk of child abuse or neglect

6 TANF JOBS Program GRB

7 TANF and JOBS Program Challenges Reduced capacity and resources (limited JOBS contractors) Slow economic recovery jobs are returning, but the quality of jobs (wage and full-time work) remains an issue. Having more participate in the program means higher costs, but can avoid penalties. 6

8 JOBS Program Reduction Impacts GRB

9 What s Working Current Alignment and Opportunities DHS Infrastructure Improved Case Management Capacity Increased capacity to provide case management and to partner with other community organizations. DHS went from 35% of earned staffing for Case Managers in recent years to 78% Case Manager positions (created from other vacancies) have helped bring caseloads under historic highs. Average caseload for a case manager is about 80 to 90 cases currently. Staff trained to support strengths-based approach with families. 8

10 What s Working Current Alignment and Opportunities Strengthened case management capacity and improved economic environment has impacted outcomes: In Multnomah County, federal participation rates have increased from 9.3% October 13 to 11.4% in October 14. The combined rate is now 64% (up from 45%) Job placements have increased 60%, from 271 for the month in October 2013 to 434 in October 2014 From 2008, caseloads in Multnomah County have reduced 13% from 8,714 to 7,603. Statewide we are now at a rate that meets federal requirements. The challenge for DHS is to maintain or increase this level of performance. 9

11 Current Challenges Infrastructure and Alignment JOBS Infrastructure: Limited funding to meet the needs of different population groups, including long-term unemployed, veterans, and communities of color. Federal participation efforts mean that more people are engaged in the program this is the goal, but also means more support services costs such as child care and transportation are drawn down, impacting the overall budget. 10

12 Current Challenges Infrastructure and Alignment Alignment with other Programs and Services: Partnership is seen as a key to our families success and a core part of our work. Still, challenges remain: Housing services remains a key need. How to best connect TANF customers to skill building services vocational, pre-apprenticeship and other opportunities. How to gather better data across the system This can help make the case for expansion or similar partnerships in other areas. 11

13 What s Working Infrastructure and Alignment DHS connections and partnerships include: Workforce System Partnership WSI, OED and others SUN School project Six DHS case managers outstationed lowincome area schools to help improve attendance rates for TANF kids. Action for Prosperity and Housing Works partnership Specialized DHS case manager working with County, Home Forward and WSI staff. Mobile Housing Team Two DHS staff working with partners to provide in-field services to homeless families. Family Employment and Stabilization Team - Specialized unit with lower caseloads to work with Child Welfare and community partners on highest risk families most with history of Child Welfare or domestic violence. 12

14 Thoughts for the Group How can we as a system gather better data on outcomes of crosssystem efforts? How can we ensure that we are meeting outcomes for different populations? Equity not only in access to services, but in outcomes. Communities of color, veterans, youth, and the long-term unemployed. How can locally leveraged efforts help drive larger systems alignment at the state level. Connection with Prosperity Initiative, Workforce Redesign, and other initiatives. How can TANF and the JOBS program best align its services (both contracted and case management) to improve long term housing, family stability and employment outcomes? 13

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