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Refugee and Entrant Assistance Wilson/Fish Program

$174,208,585

Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Agency: ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Assistance Type: COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
Popular Name: Wilson-Fish Program
CFDA Number
93.583

Objectives: To develop alternative projects that promote early employment of refugees, certain Amerasians from Vietnam, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants. The purpose of the Wilson-Fish program is to provide innovative approaches to integrated cash and medical assistance and/or services (employment, case management, English language instruction, and other social services) otherwise-available through the State-administered program, in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence, and promote coordination among service providers. The Wilson-Fish Alternative Program (FY 2015-FY 2019) included cash assistance; the Wilson-Fish Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) Coordination Program (FY 2020 – FY 2024) does not include cash assistance and targets ORR-eligible clients with children under the age of 18.

 
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