May 13, 2022

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Check out our latest Catalyst blog post from President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, on the multifaceted and complex work of advancing race equity to achieve social and economic mobility, and how we must now begin to shift structural power.

Registration is now open for the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) 2022 Education Conference, to be held October 9-12 in Columbus, OH. AAHHSA is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. Register here. The Call for Proposals is still open; submit here by May 20.

TWIW will be taking a brief hiatus for our yearly staff retreat next Friday; look for us back in your inbox on May 27. In the meantime, we’ll keep you apprised of any important updates and you can also stay up to date on Twitter.

Legislative Updates

Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022 

Today, the House passed the Community Services Blog Grant Modernization Act of 2022 with a vote of 246-149. The Act would extend the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031 and makes other changes to the program, including with respect to administration and leadership; performance measurement; and minimum and maximum allotments to states, territories, and tribes. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.  

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Child and Family Well-Being

GetCTC, A Simple Portal for Claiming the Child Tax Credit, Re-Launches

The self-service filing portal enables families who do not typically file taxes to submit a simple return after the tax-filing deadlinewhich passed in Aprilto claim the Child Tax Credit in 15 minutes.

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 Assistant Secretary Contreras Reflects on First 30 Days at ACF


The Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), January Contreras, has released a message reflecting on her first 30 days in office and sharing some updates.


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Employment and Economic Well-Being

FNS Releases New Guidance to Assist States in the Development of P-EBT Plans for Summer 2022

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) guidance provides information for how states can administer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Plans for the upcoming summer period, along with a Q&A about operating P-EBT during a covered summer period, and a P-EBT state plan template. States must have a school and/or child care P-EBT plan approved in the current year in order to administer Summer P-EBT.

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HUD Expands Eviction Protection and Diversion Program

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $20 million in new grants for its Eviction Protection Grant Program, doubling the amount originally allocated for the launch of the Program in November 2021. The Eviction Protection Grant Program is part of HUD’s continued work to support families recovering from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FNS Announces It Will Interpret the Prohibition on Discrimination Based on Sex to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

As a result of the new interpretation, state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation and update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against this type of discrimination.

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FNS Seeks Public Comment on Consolidation of Data Reporting Requirements under Programs Reporting System

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released for public comment proposed updates to programmatic and financial reporting reporting requirements under the Food Programs Reporting System, with the goal to give state agencies one portal for reporting all programs they operate. Comments will be accepted through June 8.

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FNS Publishes 2018 and 2019 PAI Step-by-Step Guides

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Program Access Index (PAI) is one of the measures FNS uses to reward states for high performance in the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Partner Updates

Social Sector Infrastructure Survey

The Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the George Mason University’s Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise launched a research project to better understand the infrastructure that provides the social sector with these critical supports and services. As part of this research, a 10-25 minute field survey is open through Wednesday, May 25.

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Upcoming APHSA Events

APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit! Registration is now open for the Summit, to be held in-person on June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to participate in workshops and sessions encompassing a diverse range of topics including policy, research, and state and local initiatives, engaging in valuable discussions on innovation and transformation. The Summit is bringing members, partners, and allied organizations together in-person and we want you to be there!

Access full online agenda here.

Early Registration rates extended to May 20!

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Economic Mobility and Well-Being Conference (EMWB)

The 2022 Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us in-person for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience! The EMWB conference brings together members from the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA).

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Upcoming Partner Events

Webinar - It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: Navigator Training 2022

Join Code For America, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Coalition on Human Needs and the Partnership for America's Children for a webinar on the re-launch of and important information on this next phase of outreach for the 2021 expanded CTC. The webinar will focus on how you can help families who do not have a tax filing obligation claim the expanded CTC, and the options available to help individuals who could be eligible for other credits (such as the expanded EITC) claim all the funds that are available to them.

May 19, 1:00 PM EDT

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National Research Conference on Early Childhood - NRCEC 2022

The Administration for Children and Families' National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) will address knowledge gaps across programs serving young children and their families by presenting the latest research surrounding Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.

June 27–29, 2022

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

The conference, which has not been hosted since 1969, will focus on ending hunger, improving nutrition and physical activity, and reducing diet-related diseases and disparities. It will be held this September 2022.

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