Pay It Off Initiative by NYC HRA-OCSE

Dear Partners:

We are excited to inform you that the HRA Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is again offering the Pay It Off initiative this year, as a result of the success of the program in 2013.  As a result of the initiative in 2013, nearly $1 million was collected and nearly $2 million was reduced in arrears owed by noncustodial parents (NCP).   The NYC Child Support Program is continually trying to improve outcomes for children.  We know that for various reasons some noncustodial parents (NCP)s have accumulated child support debt. Debt owed could serve as a barrier for NCPs to paying their child support obligations, to connecting to work, and to connecting to their children.

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Starting November 15, consumers can once again shop for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers can sign up for health plans for the first time, renew or change their plans for 2015 on; more plans are available this year

Consumers can sign up for 2015 health insurance plans through, the call center, or in-person assistance. With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the consumers will find more options for themselves and their families.

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2009–2012 Available Online


Child Welfare Outcomes 2009-2012: Report to Congress is the thirteenth in a series of reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Department). The publication is designed to inform Congress and professionals related to the child welfare field about national and state performance on several measures of outcomes for children served by child welfare systems throughout the country. The outcomes address the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children, and focus on widely accepted performance objectives for child welfare practice.

Child Welfare Outcomes 2009–2012 is solely available in electronic format. You can find the full report, along with a 12-page Executive Summary brochure, on the Children’s Bureau website:

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NRCDV eNewsletter (October/November 2014) focus on November: National Runaway Prevention Month


Since 1993 the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.

Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, Women of Color Network, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, NRCDV works tirelessly to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.

We encourage you to explore the ways that the NRCDV can be a resource to you in your domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts. As you prepare for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and other ongoing public education activities, visit our one-stop shop for free resources and check out the awareness materials in our online store.

Grant Writing Workshop – Far Rockaway NY – Nov. 12

Region II Federal Partners Council Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee & Church of God Christian Academy

Invite You to Attend a Free Training Workshop for Faith-based and Community Organizations

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When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014   9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Church of God Christian Academy, 1332 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

This grant writing workshop will help non-profit organizations understand what to do and what to avoid when applying for federal grant funds. Learn how the funding process works, how to use on-line resources to find funding from the 26 federal agencies that award grants and how to develop a grant proposal that will score well in the competitive review.

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Dear Colleague Promise Zones Initiative Applications

Community Services Block Grant

Dear Colleagues:

In September 2014, the Administration launched the competition to designate the next round of Promise Zones, special initiatives that are part of the President’s plan to “create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.”[1] The first five Promise Zones, designated in January 2014, have already made substantial progress in implementing their plans to increase opportunity within high-poverty communities.

In the upcoming second round of competition, any community meeting the qualifying criteria can apply for a Promise Zones designation, regardless of whether it has previously received a federal grant. The Promise Zones interagency panel, led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intends to name at least eight Promise Zones, including urban, rural, and tribal communities.

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