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93.583 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Programs
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Refugee Act of 1980, Section 412, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C. 1522, as amended, Public Laws 96-212, 97-363, and 99-605; Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, 94 Stat. 1809, 8 U.S.C. 1522 note, as amended, Public Laws 96-422, 96-424, 97-35, 100-202, 100-436, 100-461, 101-167, 101-302, 101-513, and 101-517.
To develop alternative projects which promote early employment of refugees, including certain Amerasian immigrants, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking. States, voluntary resettlement agencies, and other resettlement organizations may develop innovative approaches for the provision of refugee cash and medical assistance, social services, and case management otherwise available through the State-administered program. The purposed of these alternative projects is to provide integrated services and cash assistance in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence, and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and services providers. Projects must serve all eligible refugees in a community.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The Wilson/Fish demonstration program diverts a portion of funds earmarked for the State-administered program for refugee cash and medical assistance and social service to conduct alternative projects which promote refugee early employment and self- sufficiency. Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the grant award. Assistance is limited to refugees, including Cuban and Haitian entrants and Amerasian immigrants and their accompanying family members, as defined in the authorizing Acts. The refugee must document his immigration status in order to be eligible for assistance. Federal policy governs other eligibility factors. The scope of services available to refugees from Wilson/Fish grantees is similar to that of State-administered Refugee Resettlement Programs, which in turn is similar to regular domestic public assistance programs.
Applicant Eligibility: States, voluntary resettlement agencies, and other nonprofit refugee resettlement organizations may apply to initiate an alternative program. No separate funding is appropriated for Wilson/Fish demonstration projects. Funds are drawn instead from funds earmarked for refugee cash and medical assistance grants and social services allocations for the State-administered program (93.566) according to ORR projections.
Pre-application Coordination: The Office of Refugee Resettlement is available to answer questions concerning the standing program announcement. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress reports and financial reports are required, usually on a quarterly basis. Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.
Account Identification: 75-1503-0-1-609.
In fiscal year 2001, five new projects were funded, one project was approved to start a new project period, and three projects were continued. Projects successfully provided incentives to refugees to obtain early employment and assisted refugees to become self-sufficient. Two new projects and nine continuation projects are anticipated for fiscal year 2002. It is estimated that 11 continuation awards but no new projects will be funded in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Program announcements are published in the Federal Register. All inquiries should be directed to the Information Contacts listed below.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1) A large state-administered project where the all the voluntary agencies determine eligibility and are responsible for case management of eligible refugees; 2) a private voluntary agency that administers the cash and medical assistance, social services program for refugees not otherwise eligible for TANF and/or Medicaid in a State in which the State elected to not participate in the refugee program; and 3) a small voluntary agency project that administers provision of cash assistance for all refugees for up to 8 months in a State that has elected to continue to operate the social services and medical assistance program.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Notice of the criteria for awarding funds is published in the Federal Register or other program announcement for each type of demonstration. See the Information Contact section for more information.