Understanding the Costs of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. WtW Program Profile: Yakima-PFP

08/01/2002

WtW Operator/Program: People for People (PFP), Welfare-to-Work and SHARE Programs

Grant Administrator: Tri-County Workforce Development Council

Provider Background: PFP is a community action agency that has provided job training and employment services in Yakima Valley for more than 33 years. It is the oldest locally originated community service agency in Yakima Valley and the largest Workforce Development Council contractor.

Target Population: WtW-eligible people and noncustodial parents

Statistics for the WtW Program Overall Vs. The Cost Analysis

  WtW Program Overall Cost Analysis Period
Period of Operations

8/1/98 to 12/31/01

7/1/00 to 6/30/01

Funding/Costs $2,689,229
(WtW grant/contract amount)
$688,187
(total estimated costs for one year)
Enrollments Goal: 180 New: 36
Cumulative by end of period: 264
Unsubsidized Job Placements Goal: Not available New: 53
Cumulative by end of period: 186

Welfare-to-Work Program Services

Outreach and Recruitment: The primary source of referrals was the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). PFP also received referrals of noncustodial parents from the Division of Child Support Enforcement within DSHS.

Job Readiness and Case Management: PFP provided employability assessment and ongoing case management services. The case managers monitored the progress of their clients, helping them with problems as they arose, ensuring supportive service needs were met, and keeping DSHS case managers informed of client progress.

Paid Temporary Employment: WtW clients could be placed in two types of paid work experience positions. Clients could be placed in paid work experience positions at nonprofit or community-based organizations to obtain work experience and work maturity skills. In addition, DSHS case managers could place clients in community jobs where they earned minimum wage and worked 20 hours a week. Clients were placed in the community jobs positions for up to nine months and received paid sick leave and vacation benefits.

Job Development and Placement: PFP case managers provided individualized job search assistance and also connected clients with Workforce Investment Act services for job referrals.

Postplacement Followup: Like the other WtW providers in the Yakima Valley, PFP provided postemployment follow-up services that focused on retention.

Support Services: PFP provided support services after the participant had exhausted the services available through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The support services PFP provided included transportation, child care, and work-related supplies and clothing.

Other: Clients could access state-supported preemployment training, which lasted up to 22 weeks.

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