Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DHS seeks input from organizations serving TANF recipients

The Department of Human Services has released a survey to gather information from organizations providing services to recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).   The information gathered will be used to assist DHS redesign TANF programs and services to better meet the needs of DC residents.

The deadline for participating in the survey is June 30.   Access the survey online here.   If you want to preview the survey, it is here.   Note that the survey must be completed online; it is adaptive and so you will answer questions that are specific to your previous responses and the scope of services provided by your organization.

Organizations that provide TANF recipients with any of the following services are encouraged to complete the survey:

  • Outreach and client engagement
  • Life skills and goal setting
  • Job search and placement
  • Education and training in preparation for employment
  • Work experience
  • Subsidized employment
  • Program and job retention supports

TANF was created in the District in March 1997 following the federal reform of welfare.   Approximately 16,400 District families receive TANF benefits each month; of those, 74% are required to engage in work, training, or education activities.   DHS aims to become a national model for an accountable, compassionate and person-centric approach that helps welfare recipients build capacity, increase earnings, and transition towards self-sufficiency.

Questions should be directed to Inessa Lurye via email.

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