Feds give $$$ to some counties for refugee “services”
Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 11, 2012
Less now due to the large number of illegal alien homeless kids the Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for.
Some counties get money from the Office of Refugee Resettlement for “services” so that jobless refugees can survive and find jobs. By far the largest recipient of federal cash is Miami-Dade County in Florida due to the large number of Cuban “entrants.”
Here is another one of those boring stories about how the program works (see my previous boring story earlier this week, here). One good thing about this “Targeted Assistance” program is that one can readily see the overloaded counties and can better understand why some local governments keep quiet about overload—they are getting carrots ($$$) to keep quiet!
Attached is a Federal Register Notice, published on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, that announces the FY 2012 Targeted Assistance formula awards. As described in ORR State Letter #12-10 and in the Federal Register Notice published on Thursday, August 23, 2012, ORR is now providing notice of formula grant awards through publication in the Federal Register. Final formula allocations will no longer be available under the Funding Opportunities section of the ORR website.
The total amount of FY 2012 funds being allocated is $25,265,582. This amount is 58 percent of the amount originally available for FY 2012 Targeted Assistance formula allocations ($43,561,348). The unprecedented and significant increase in the number of unaccompanied alien children entering ORR care that began in FY 2012 and has continued throughout the fiscal year has necessitated the reallocation of funds from Targeted Assistance formula grants (as well as Targeted Assistance discretionary and Social Services discretionary grants). As a result, the FY 2012 Targeted Assistance formula grants are being incrementally funded and supported with both FY 2012 and FY 2013 funding. Subject to funds availability, the remaining 42 percent of the total amount will be funded with FY 2013 Targeted Assistance funds and will be allocated to States in accordance with the FY 2012 population distribution.
Purpose: Get refugees employed and off welfare (never mind that they compete with unemployed Americans for jobs)
The purpose of Targeted Assistance formula grants is to provide, through a process of local planning and implementation, direct services intended to result in the economic self-sufficiency and reduced welfare dependency of refugees through job placements. Section 412(c)(2)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that Targeted Assistance grants shall be made available “(i) primarily for the purpose of facilitating refugee employment and achievement of self-sufficiency, (ii) in a manner that does not supplant other refugee program funds and that assures that not less than 95 percent of the amount of the grant award be made available to the county or other local entity.”
Which refugees get additional help ($$$)?
In accordance with 45 C.F.R. 400.314, States are required to provide Targeted Assistance services to refugees in the following order of priority, except in certain individual extreme circumstances: (a) refugees who are cash assistance recipients; (b) unemployed refugees who are not receiving cash assistance; and (c) employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain economic independence.
Which counties get the $$$?
|State||County/Targeted Assistance Area||Refugees/1||Entrants2||Asylees||SIVs||Total||Allocation|
|Los Angeles County||3,477||22||1,663||79||5,241||871,061|
|San Diego County||5,784||51||408||178||6,421||1,067,178|
|Santa Clara County||772||1||334||53||1,160||192,793|
|Palm Beach County||245||1,488||217||5||1,955||324,923|
|Illinois||Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties||3,527||53||199||109||3,888||646,190|
|Montgomery/Prince George’s Counties||947||0||458||69||1,474||244,981|
|Michigan||Eaton and Ingham County||1,140||7||0||15||1,162||193,126|
|Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties||3,057||0||0||259||3,316||551,123|
|Minnesota||Ramsey and Hennepin Counties||3,368||0||56||16||3,440||571,732|
|New York||Erie County||2,402||1||6||11||2,420||402,207|
|New York City/4||705||18||862||33||1,617||268,747|
|North Carolina||Guilford County||1,235||1||4||3||1,243||206,588|
|Oregon||Multnomah and Clackamas Counties/5||2,038||194||51||42||2,325||386,418|
|Pennsylvania||City of Philadelphia||1,370||10||7||34||1,421||236,172|
|South Dakota/3||Minnehaha County||829||5||5||10||849||141,105|
|Dallas and Tarrant Counties||4,935||69||203||184||5,391||895,991|
|Utah||Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah Counties||1,916||3||20||29||1,968||327,084|
|Virginia||Arlington and Fairfax Counties/6||439||11||103||101||654||108,696|
|Washington||King and Snohomish Counties||3,470||5||498||98||4,071||676,605|
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