OFA Peer TA - A Resource For Welfare Administrators and Social Workers
For a number of years both the New Jersey Community Resources website and blog has highlighted a number of resources for social work professionals. The purpose of today's article is to bring to the attention of social workers and county welfare agency personnel and their partners in community agencies a website operated on behalf of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services.
The goal of OFA Peer Technical Assistance Network is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families on the state, county and local levels. The OFA Peer TA website acts to disseminate information, facilitate a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.
Each week OFA Peer TA distributes a newsletter to its subscribers, informing them of new developments, programs, position papers and sponsoring webinars. If you wish to subscribe, visit their newsletter sign up page. You should find their newsletter and website helpful.
Below is a sampling of just a few articles appearing in their newsletter or website within the past few months. They include:
- GetMyFuture.org , a recently launched U.S. Department of Labor website that helps youth plan their careers
- Assessing and Serving TANF Recipients with Disabilities - describes different approaches to disability-related needs assessment used by some TANF programs
- Life After Welfare: Disconnected Leavers Who Reconnect - a "disconnected leaver" is a defined as a TANF client whose case is closed and is not in the workforce
- Poor, Unemployed, and Not on Welfare: The Prevalence of "Disconnected Families" by State - a research brief published by childtrends.org
- Who is Poor in the United States? - a June, 2016 report issued by The Brookings Institution
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Final Rule - final federal regulation of the law signed July 22, 2014
- Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online With Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, CHIP and General Assistance - listing updated July, 2016 and published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- TANF Work Participation Rates, Fiscal Year 2014 - indicates fewer states failed the work requirement in FY2014 than in FY2013
For readers interested in New Jersey welfare statistics, the Division of Family Development still maintains a monthly report titled, DFD Current Program Statistics, previously mentioned in a 2010 blog article.
For further information, please email Michael Swayze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Elizabeth Hosts Expungement Information Session - August 11
The City of Elizabeth will host an Expungement Information Session on Thursday, August 11 from 6pm to 8pm at the Elizabeth Public Library, 11 South Broad Street. The purpose of the meeting is to explain changes to the expungement of criminal records, based on legislation that took effect in April, 2016, following a two-year effort.
The information session coincides with the recent launching of a Facebook page, City of Elizabeth Reentry Program. The site already provides a number of links on the expungement process. Persons interested in volunteering to assist at the meeting - greeters, registration - may call Deshawn Pierce at 908-820-4052.
Related links on expungement include:
- P.L. 2015, chapter 261 issued by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts
- Clearing Your Record: A Six-Step Guide to Expunging Criminal Records in New Jersey
- LSNJLAW - Expungement
- NJ Community Resources - Prisoner Re-entry