July 30, 2021
Check out our latest blog post: Investing State and Local Recovery Funds in Human Services Agencies, by Rachel Mackey of the National Association of Counties (NACo). This is the latest in our new Catalyst blog series taking a detailed look at the American Rescue Plan and the ways in which we can leverage it to strengthen the resiliency of our public health and human services infrastructure.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a new Rental Assistance Finder online tool to help renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic easily find and apply for assistance to pay rent, utilities, and other expenses. The tool connects renters and landlords with state and local programs distributing billions of dollars of rental assistance in a user-friendly manner.
Legislative Updates
Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

On Wednesday, the President and a bipartisan group of Senators announced agreement on the details of a bill that provides infrastructure investments which will be taken up in the Senate for consideration. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would add nearly $550 billion in new spending, including $284 billion for transportation infrastructure and $264 billion for other infrastructure areas such as power, broadband, and water. Among other pieces, the $65 billion in broadband investments includes a $40 billion grant program to states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Child and Family Well-Being
Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Set to Expire Saturday

On Saturday July 31st, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDCs) nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire. The decision to not renew comes after a ruling by the Supreme Court last month that said the administration lacked the authority to extend the moratorium. The moratorium has been in place since September of 2020 and kept an estimated 6 million renters from being evicted during the pandemic. Although Congress is currently considering extending the moratorium, it is unclear whether there is sufficient support to pass an extension prior to the moratorium expiring.

ACF Posts ARP Grant Funding Matrix

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has created a grant funding matrix that details funding levels, deadlines and ACF guidance, among other information for each funding stream within the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

ACF Seeks Comments on Two Proposed Child Care Data Collections

The Office of Child Care (OCC) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has posted two requests for comments on required data collection activities. One form would provide ACF with information on provider level data for providers that received American Rescue Plan stabilization grants. The other is a notice of updates to the Quality Progress Report, which includes questions on uses of COVID-19 relief and recovery funding.

Employment and Economic Well-Being
Agency Information Collection Activities: Assessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants' Fitness for Work

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is requesting comment on an agency information collection, “Assessing SNAP Participants' Fitness for Work.” Comments on the information collection are due September 27.

Delay of Implementation of Farm Bill Provisions on Split

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced that there will be a delay in implementation for the final rule entitled: “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and Definition Changes,” from September 24, 2021 to September 24, 2022.

FNS Released 2019 SNAP State Activity Report

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) State Activity Report for Fiscal Year 2019. The report includes data on participation and issuance, administrative costs, fair hearings, fraud investigations, recipient claims, participation and issuance rankings, and multi-year comparisons.

USDA has released its semiannual regulatory agenda, summarizing regulations being developed by the agency. The agenda includes several planned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulatory actions on topics including modernizing SNAP benefit redemption systems, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) technology requirements, and flexibilities for retailers participating in SNAP.

Good Jobs Challenge Grant

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued a grant notice of funding opportunity for the Good Jobs Challenge Grants. The American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge grants will support grantees in developing and strengthening regional systems to cultivate and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. Grant applications are due January 26, 2022.

Partner Updates
RECS 2022 Call for Proposals Open

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), an Office of the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) has opened the call for proposals for the upcoming Research & Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) 2022. RECS 2022 is currently being planned as an in-person event, to be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC on June 1–3, 2022. RECS convenes to present the latest findings from evaluations of programs, policies, and services that support families. Deadline for submissions is August 27.

Save the Date for SPARK 2021

Designed by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (Alliance-COA), SPARK 2021 is a three-day virtual learning experience that will activate the power of the social sector. Mark your calendars for this three-day, virtual learning experience on October 12-14, to convene leaders from across the human services ecosystem to create a unified, intrepid, just, and purposeful network so that all people can thrive.

Upcoming Events
Webinar - The Road to Recovery: How States Are Spending Federal Rescue Dollars

Join The Council of State Governments for a conversation about the funding available to states through the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and opportunities to leverage these funds for immediate state economic and fiscal recovery needs and long-term investments in state infrastructure and services. This session of Capitol Ideas Presents will provide an opportunity for state leaders to discuss and learn from each other about the processes they are using to make allocation decisions and how they are utilizing these funds for state recovery.

Wednesday, August 11, 3:00 PM EDT
APHSA Webinar - Leveraging Emergency Funding to Purchase Human Services Technology

Join us for a webinar with Northwoods and representatives from Carver County Health and Human Services (MN) and Otero County Department of Social Services (CO). By leveraging emergency funding, human services agencies across the country have successfully purchased technology designed to improve and support telework capabilities, provide touchless interaction to customers, and quickly recover from the current COVID-19 crisis, while also preparing for future waves. 

Monday, August 16, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Upcoming APHSA Conferences
In-person registration is now open for our upcoming conferences, listed below. Virtual registration will be open at a later date. Keeping the safety and well-being of our attendees first and foremost in our planning, we ask that you participate in a brief survey for the event(s) you plan to attend. Links are below.

Get rewarded for bringing a team of three or more! APHSA is offering a $25 discount per registration if you bring three or more members of your team. Email aphsaconferences@aphsa.org to secure the registration discount code.
August 22-25 | Milwaukee, WI

The Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference (EMWB) will bring together members from three APHSA affinity groups – American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), National Association of TANF Administrators (NASTA), National Association of Program Information and Performance Management (NAPIPM) – in partnership with the National Association of Welfare and Research Statistics (NAWRS). The conference convenes in beautiful Milwaukee, WI, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee to showcase the work of agencies, researchers, and private sector to advance our collective goal of achieving economic mobility and well-being for all.
As we plan for our fall events, completing our EMWB Pulse Survey will inform us as we plan out the logistics for all to meet safely in Milwaukee.
Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Conference
September 26-29 | Cincinnati, OH

Reconnect at the ISM Annual Conference & Expo which will convene in Cincinnati, OH, at the Duke Energy Convention Center for their annual conference and expo. This event brings together agency leaders in technology, along with the private sector firms focused on providing solutions for health and human services agencies. The content presented will promote IT solutions and best practices that enhance the delivery of health and human services. In-person registration is now open.
Please take two minutes to complete our ISM Pulse Survey to help inform our logistics planning to meet safely in Cincinnati. 
The ISM Awards of Excellence celebrate state & local HHS agencies that are in the forefront of IT development & implementation. Envision your agency accepting one of these prestigious awards! Deadline is Friday, August 6. Submit here.
National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Conference
October 3-6 | Spokane, WA

Connect with your colleagues at the NSDTA Annual Education Conference in Spokane, WA. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center for the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and engage in robust sessions. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more! In-person registration is now open.

Your input for our NSDTA Pulse Survey will help inform our logistics planning to meet safely in Spokane.
NSDTA Awards - The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) awards recognize outstanding individuals and initiatives within your organization which are helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. Deadline is August 20. Submit here.
American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Conference
October 17-20 | Columbus, OH

Join your colleagues at the AAHHSA Annual Education Conference in Columbus, OH. This conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys representing state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Join us at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square for content focusing on the policies and practices that enhance human services programs’ delivery and quality – all while earning continuing legal education credits! In-person registration is now open.
Please take two minutes to complete our AAHHSA Pulse Survey to help inform our logistics planning to meet safely in Columbus. 
APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the health and human services (H/HS) field. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates looking for careers in H/HS and job seekers will find a bevy of opportunities throughout the country.