Refugee and Entrant Assistance_State Administered Programs

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.
Related Programs

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.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.



Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, 48 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 46 grants will be awarded in FY 08 and FY 09.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refugees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasian immigrants from Viet Nam, asylees, certified victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi/Afghan SIVs.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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.

Award Procedures

Grants are made to designated State agencies. State agencies submit expenditure and program performance reports three times each year.

Deadlines

Deadlines are set in accordance with 45 CFR Part 400 and other instructions to States.

Authorization

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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Annual.

Assistance Considerations

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

Reports

State agencies submit expenditure and program performance reports three times a year.

Audits

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.

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1503-0-1-609.

Obigations

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.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters 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.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States must have submitted an approved State Plan.



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