U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210
February 22, 1999
|DIRECTIVE||:||TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 20-98|
|TO||:||ALL STATE WELFARE-TO-WORK CONTACTS
ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
Office of Regional Management
|SUBJECT||:||Department of Housing and Urban Development's Notice of Funding Availability for the Welfare-to-Work Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 1999|
Purpose. To provide States with general information on the Notice of Funding Availability issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide tenant-based rental assistance that will help eligible families make the transition from welfare to work.
Reference Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999, Title II, October 21, 1998, and Federal Register Notice dated January 28, 1999.
Background The VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999 provides $283 million for the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Tenant-Based Assistance Program. Under the Act, HUD is authorized to solicit competitive applications from local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) seeking funds to establish a WtW Rental Voucher program to help eligible families make the transition from welfare to work. The notice requires that all PHAs submitting applications develop their program in consultation with the State, local, or Tribal entity administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the entity, if any, administering the WtW formula and/or competitive grants administered by the United States Department of Labor.
Highlights of the Act
$283 million (50,000 rental vouchers) is available, until expended, to help eligible families transition from welfare to work.
The initiative will be administered by PHAs, including Indian Tribes and Tribal housing entities.
Rental vouchers will be available to families who are eligible to receive, currently receive, or have received TANF within the preceding two years.
Administering entity must determine that tenant-based housing assistance is critical to a family's obtaining or retaining employment.
Families cannot currently be receiving tenant-based rental assistance.
Requirements for Competitive Applications
Describe the proposed rental voucher program.
Program developed by PHA in cooperation with TANF and WtW agencies.
Demonstrate that tenant-based housing assistance is critical to families being successful in obtaining or retaining employment.
Specify the criteria to be used in selecting families.
Describe the strategy for tenant counseling, housing search assistance, and landlord outreach.
Request necessary waivers of HUD requirements.
Include certifications from TANF and WtW agencies supporting the proposed voucher program and any necessary coordination and collaboration.
Include any other information required by the Secretary of HUD.
The Secretary of HUD, after consultation with the Secretaries of the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, shall select PHAs on a competitive basis taking into account:
The need for and quality of the proposed program, including innovative approaches;
The extent to which assistance will be coordinated with welfare reform and WtW initiatives;
The extent to which the application demonstrates that tenant-based assistance is critical to the success of assisting eligible families to obtain or retain employment; and
Other criteria set by the Secretary of HUD.
Other provisions include:
One percent of the total ($2.83 million) is available to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiative.
Approximately 700 vouchers ($4 million) are also available to support local self-sufficiency and WtW initiatives in each of the following locations: San Bernardino County, CA; Cleveland, OH; Kansas City, MO; Charlotte, NC; Miami/Dade County, FL; Prince George's County, MD; New York, NY; and Anchorage, AK.
Action Required States should:
share this information with their WtW and other appropriate staff; and
cooperate with PHAs that are developing and submitting applications for funding to establish a WtW Rental Voucher program.
Inquiries Inquiries should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.