The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funds the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, allowing states to administer their own workforce-assistance programs through local Departments of Human and Social Services. Replacing the “welfare” program, TANF mandates that to receive benefits, recipients must participate in work-related activities: employed in some capacity, working toward employment, or taking classes leading to employability–all requirements designed to achieve financial self-sufficiency.
DHHS participated fully as a collaborative partner in the creation of WIOA, which encourages building local partnerships to improve TANF-recipient employment outcomes. For our WIOA programs without a resident TANF component, KRA cooperates with local TANF programs to sidestep “overlap” in the provision of employment and training services.
Complementing our Career Services programs, KRA offers a robust menu of employment and supportive services for TANF recipients, including child care and transportation subsidies; unsubsidized Community Work Experience, which often leads to employment; GED® preparation; a Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program for jobseekers struggling to comply with child-support obligations; and a tuition-assistance program for customers eligible to enroll in college-degree programs.
KRA’s integrated services partnership model leverages public workforce-system resources to help all customers attain self-sufficiency through quality job-training and employment services.