Refugee Resettlement Program/Refugee Employment and Social Services Programs
CSFA Number: 444-80-0207
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
DFCS
Agency Contact
Ngoan Le
3127937120
ngoan.le@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Refugee Employment and Social Services is supported by federal funds (93.566 Refugee Social Service Program and Cash & Medical program, 93.584 Refugee Targeted Assistance Program and 93.576 Refugee Children School Impact Grant). More information can be found under Funding Information.

Based on 30 ILCS 708/45 (e) (3), this program is exempt from 2 CFR 200.201, Notice for Funding Opportunity.

Funding for the program has been determined through a three-year competitive process which will end effective June 30, 2017. Funding opportunity for FY17, therefore, is limited to those public agencies and not-for-profit agencies which have been selected and currently receive funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services. Exception to this rule is at the discretion of the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services in accordance to federal policies.

The goals of the services to be funded are to increase economic self-sufficiency, decrease dependency on public assistance, education improvement for refugee youth and self reliance for seniors. Programs to be funded will address those problems specific to refugees and will demonstrate capacity to address the linguistic and cultural barriers to refugees' successful integration in their local community.

Eligible Services include:

a) Employment Services are designed to enhance refugee employment and self-sufficiency and minimize long term public aid assistance. Services include as resources allow pre/post employment counseling including job readiness classes, job development and placement, job-upgrade? and transportation assistance. Priority given to all newly arrived refugees resident 0-24 months and TANF recipients. Services allowable for any refugee resident 0-60 months. Clients enrolled in the Matching Grant program are ineligible for service during their enrollment.

b) Case Management Services are supplemental to the R&P period and are desgined to help individuals establish basic living skills in Illinois. Such skills include issues of health access and health benefits beyond the R&P period, Interpretation/translation, accessing public benefits, referral and follow-up, introduction to the American education system, and adjustment of status as appropriate. Agencies providing Case Management Services must all serve within this case load senior refugees over the age of 60. For those Seniors in need of additional support includes linkages to appropriate mainstream Older American Act Services as well as basic public benefits and social supports. Clients enrolled in the Matching Grant program or Preferred Communities program may not also receive case management services through this avenue. Case management services may be provided as necessary for 0-24 months.

c) Mental Health Services: Cultural and linguistic barriers prevent many refugees with mental health problems from receiving adequate service through existing mental health programs. Serious mental health problems that require the care of a licensed clinical therapist impede refugees’ efforts to achieve economic self-sufficiency and social self-reliance. All refugee populations 0-60 months are eligible for consideration under this initiative. Project designs must include a crisis intervention component to serve refugees resident post-60 months, as might be necessary and appropriate. Refugees with chronic mental health conditions may be seen post 60 months of residency as resources allow but may not exceed 20% of an agency’s caseload. Service design should be collaborative in nature, minimize geographic overlap and enrollment must be open to all refugee clients regardless of initial resettlement agency






Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Income Security and Social Services
Enabling Legislation
Immigration and nationality Act of 1952, as amended (P.L 82-414) and Federal Regulations at 45 CFR 400 and 401 and Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, Section 501(a), Public Law 96-422, 94 Stat. 1799, 8 U.S.C 1522 note; Refugee Act of 1980, Section 412, Public Law 96-212, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C 1522; William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Section 212-235, Public Law 110-457; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386.
Objectives and Goals
Goals and Measurements

a) Employment
- On a quarterly and annual basis the number of unduplicated clients receiving Employment Services will at least equal the agency’s projections.
- On a quarterly basis, the agency will place at a minimum 40% of unduplicated clients served in employment regardless of public assistance status.
- On an annual basis, the agency will place 59% of unduplicated clients served in employment regardless of PA status.
- On a quarterly and annual basis, the number of TANF/RCA unduplicated full-time entered employments with health benefits will be equal to 70% of the total unduplicated entered employments for those populations.
- On a quarterly basis, the number of 90-day job retentions will at least equal the agency’s projection. Annually, 75% of the unduplicated clients entering employment will still be employed 90 days after placement.
- On a quarterly and annual basis, 85% of all unduplicated placements will be full-time.

b) Case Management
- On a quarterly and annual basis, the number of unduplicated clients receiving Case Management Services will at least equal the agency’s projections.
- Annually, 75% of Case Management clients who are resident 12+ months will have established Legal Permanent Residency/ obtained a green card as a result of agency Case Management Services

c) Mental Health
- On a quarterly and annual basis, the agency will serve at least the number of clients projected.
- On an annual basis, 85% of clients will have stabilized or progressed based on agency measurements.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Funding for this program is not available in FY17 through a Notice for Funding Opportunity. This FY17 funding opportunity is limited to those public agencies and not-for-profit agencies which are currently receive funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services. Exception to this rule is at the discretion of the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services in accordance to federal policies.

Services can only provided to eligible populations.
Eligibility Requirements
Eligible client populations:

The program can only serve the following eligible client populations:

a) Individual paroled as a refugee; individual granted political asylum or conditional entry status (admission pursuant to section 203(a)(7) as indicated by USCIS Form I-94);

b) Individual who entered the country with refugee status designation as indicated on USCIS Forms I-551, I-151 or I-94, or holds permanent resident status as a result of adjustment of status under PL 96-212;

c) Cuban/Haitian entrants identified as such on the USCIS Form I-94;

d) Cuban/Haitians arriving in the U.S. after October 10, 1980, and who have been released by the USCIS pursuant to USCIS regulations, and otherwise qualify under any of the categories specified in the Fascell-Stone Amendment;

e) Individuals who are victims of trafficking, are provided a ‘T’ visa, and thus, are certified as eligible for refugee services.

d) Ineligible clients include Humanitarian parolees, public interest parolees, asylum applicants, other immigrant categories and citizens.


Funding for this program is not available in FY17 through a Notice for Funding Opportunity. This FY17 funding opportunity is limited to those public agencies and not-for-profit agencies who currently receive funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services. Exception to this rule is at the discretion of the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services in accordance to federal policies.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations; Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Based on 30 ILCS 708/45 (e) (3), this program is exempt from 2 CFR 200.201, Notice for Funding Opportunity.

Funding for the program has been determined through a three-year competitive process ending in FY17. Funding opportunity for FY17, therefore, is limited to those public agencies and not-for-profit agencies which have been selected and currently receive funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services. Exception to this rule is at the discretion of the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services in accordance to federal policies.

Grant awards will be made based on funding available from the Office of Refugee Resettlement for state fiscal year 2017, program priorities and performance of agencies in meeting program goals under existing contracts.
Assistance Consideration
N/A
Post Assistance Requirements
For the purpose of reporting and documentation of service provision, funded agencies are must meet the following requirements:

• Agencies, through their caseworkers are responsible for reporting to IDHS, using the appropriate IDHS forms, entered employments and instances of non-cooperation for all clients receiving cash assistance. Entered employments must be reported within two (2) working days of employment, along with the date of the first paycheck.

• Agencies must maintain record-keeping systems that are organized in such a way that a logical progression from service delivery to reimbursement may be ascertained. It must be possible to aggregate all reports submitted and trace the data back to source documents. Source documents might include intake/assessment forms, casework notes, client attendance records, worker time sheets, or other documents. Agencies will be asked to report individual and/or aggregate data on a regular basis.

• Agencies will be responsible for monthly submission of complete and accurate client-based service data using the on-line database. Agencies should make provision for internal data quality management controls as incomplete data will not be attributed to the quarterly and/or annual outcomes. Agencies should anticipate at a minimum yearly on-site monitoring and data verification.

• Case notes will serve as verification of on-going services provided to the client. The services can include both personal contact and phone contact. It is necessary that all case notes must be in chronological, narrative form detailing all services provided. Correspondence to the client that indicates a proactive service delivery model must also be included.

• Fiscal reporting will be done on a monthly basis and is due 10 days after the close of the month.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Refer to CFDA below.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $3,659,111
FY 2018 : $3,908,209
FY 2019 : $3,729,423
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYK00843-FCSYK00843JEWISH FEDERATION OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO07/01/201906/30/20203,737,788
FCSYK04937-FCSYK04937CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION07/01/201906/30/202057,525