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1 Office of Refugee Resettlement Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ORR Update June 2013 Mitiku Ashebir Director Division of Refugee Assistance

2 Current General Resettlement Factors Refugee flow is steady. Unprecedented influx of unaccompanied children continues. Pockets of resistance against new arrivals. Split /Incremental funding. TANF challenges – reduced amounts; shorter coverage time; reduced or strict support services; new access requirements e.g. Drug Test. Refugee employment increased in 2012 by 3% over

3 ORR Budget Budget Parameters: ORR sustained a substantial funding shortfall for the first half of the fiscal year. Sequestration reductions. Across the board rescission. ORR received a final FY13 enacted budget level that exceeds $1 billion for the first time in history. The Department has executed the Secretary’s 1% transfer authority, which provides an additional $30 million to ORR. 3

4 ORR Budget continued… Going Forward: The net impact of the $17M reduction will be distributed across all refugee programs and will amount to approximately 2.8% reductions. It is very likely that these grants will continue to be incrementally funded each fiscal year. With the support of the Department and Congress, these reductions are significantly less than originally thought and the reductions to our stakeholders should be minimal. Questions on ORR’s budget should be channeled to Joann Simmons, Budget Director. 4

5 U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program ORR Caseload - FY

6 Number of UAC by Fiscal Year *As of April

7 ORR-PRM Joint Quarterly Placement Meetings (QPMs) QPMs are a key mechanism for sharing information with partners on prospective and current refugee populations slated for resettlement, the pipeline, overseas processing, funding, capacity, and other related issues affecting placement planning. QPMs participants include ORR, PRM, DHS, state refugee coordinators and refugee health coordinators, national/local resettlement agencies, and ORR funded Ethnic Community Self-Help Group. A total of 9 QPMs were hosted by ORR & PRM since The next QPM will take place in early July ORR-PRM’s joint visits 7

8 National Performance Outcomes 8

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10 Match Grant Objective Assist refugees and other ORR eligible populations in achieving early economic self- sufficiency through employment within 180 Days English Language Training Health and Medical Services Employment Training or Certification Social Adjustment Services Support Services 10

11 Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program FY 2012 Enrollees by Eligibility Status 11

12 Match Grant Match Grant results for FY 2012 were outstanding, with 55% of enrollees achieving self-sufficiency at 120 days post-resettlement, and a full 71% reaching this mark at 180 days. For Pennsylvania, average results showed 67% of enrollees self-sufficient at 120 days, and 75% at 180 days. 12

13 ORR Partnerships ORR State Dept. PRM ACF Office of Communit y Services ACF Office of Family Assistance Dept. of Agricultur e Dept. of Educatio n Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Dept. of Justice Centers for Disease Control Dept. of Labor Assets for Independe nce (AFI); Job Opportunit ies for Low- Income Individual s (JOLI) Healthy Marriage Program Affordable Care Act Refugee Health Screening Review Refugee Health Screening Review 13

14 Resource Center for LGBT Refugees In June, 2011, ORR awarded a Technical Assistance grant to Heartland Alliance to create a resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees. The purpose is to ensure that LGBT refugees are received in communities able to meet their full scope of needs, in the most welcoming environment possible. Heartland is setting up partnerships with service providers across the country, taking an integrated approach to full-spectrum service. Visit: Visit: 14

15 Moving Forward 15 National placement planning strategy – Data based Comprehen sive medical screenings – Refugees will qualify for ACA in 2014 Comprehen sive Case Manageme nt system Accessible and affordable Recertificati on programs for highly- skilled refugees Greater use of technology

16 Office of Refugee Resettlement For more information about ORR programming, please visit our website at: 16


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