Refugee And Entrant Assistance-State Administered 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, 100-436, 101-166, 101-302, 101-517, 102-170, 110-161, and 110-181.
To reimburse States for assistance provided to refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of a severe form of trafficking, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs) for resettlement by funding cash assistance, medical assistance, and social services for the eligible population. State agencies may purchase training and services from other providers. Refugees in the U.S. may be assisted regardless of national origin.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance is limited to refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certain Amerasians from Viet Nam, and victims of a severe form of trafficking as defined in the authorizing Acts, supplemented by appropriate documentation provided to the refugee from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). Federal policy governs other eligibility factors. The scope of services for which funds are available to State and local welfare and health agencies for assistance on behalf of eligible refugees is similar to that in regular domestic public assistance programs.
The agency designated by the State as responsible for the Refugee Resettlement Program is eligible to receive awards for providing cash and medical assistance and social services to eligible refugees.
Refugees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasian immigrants from Viet Nam, asylees, certified victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi/Afghan SIVs.
Persons for whom assistance is authorized are limited to refugees with documentation from the USCIS as to refugee status, to certain Amerasian immigrants and their accompanying family members, to Cuban and Haitian entrants who meet definitions under Title V of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, asylees, and victims of a severe form of trafficking who have received a certification or eligibility letter from ORR.
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Upon submittal of approved State plans and annual State estimates, agencies are eligible for Federal funds to be expended on behalf of refugees. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Grants are made to designated State agencies. State agencies submit expenditure and program performance reports three times each year.
Deadlines are set in accordance with 45 CFR Part 400 and other instructions to States.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
The program provides, to the extent of available appropriations, cash and medical assistance and social services to or on behalf of eligible refugees, Amerasians from Viet Nam, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking. There are no matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis. Funds for Cash and Medical Assistance must be obligated within the fiscal year of appropriation and liquidated within the next fiscal year. Funds for social services must be obligated by end of the fiscal year after the fiscal year of appropriation and liquidated within the following fiscal year.
Post Assistance Requirements
State agencies submit expenditure and program performance reports three times a year.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
The State agency must maintain financial records for three years after final payment or of the time period for the particular records in Parts 1-20 of Federal Procurement Regulations, whichever expires earlier.
FY 07 $151,763,000; FY 08 $207,865,000; and FY 09 est $198,808,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2007, grant awards ranged from $12,000 to $51,632,000.
In FY 07, 48 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 46 grants will be awarded in FY 08 and FY 09.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 400, Subpart E, F and Subpart G. Various materials are available on request from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20447.
Regional or Local Office
Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 8th Floor West, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Henley Portner. Telephone: (202) 401-5363. Henley.Portner@acf.hhs.gov.
Web Site Address
93.567, Refugee And Entrant Assistance-Voluntary Agency Programs
93.576, Refugee And Entrant Assistance-Discretionary Grants
93.583, Refugee And Entrant Assistance-Wilson/Fish Program
93.584, Refugee And Entrant Assistance-Targeted Assistance Grants
Examples of Funded Projects
(1) Cash assistance for up to 8 months, (2) case management, (3) employment services, and (4) English language training concurrent with employment services.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
States must have submitted an approved State Plan.