URBAN ECONOMIC POLICY

TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

JOBS, EDUCATION
AND THE WORKFORCE

Federal Minimum
Hourly Wage Rate
Adjustment

Public Education: The Future of Our Cities
Expanding Quality After-School and
Out-of-School Time Programs

Effective Transition to
and Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998

Youth Activities in the Workforce Investment Act
Welfare-to-Work
Welfare Reform: Reinvesting State Welfare Savings and Greater Coolaboration
Accreditation of
Childcare, Early Education
and School Aged Care
Programs

Publicly-Funded, Transitional Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

CRIMINAL AND
SOCIAL  JUSTICE

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RESOLUTIONS INDEX

JOBS, EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

WELFARE-TO-WORK

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supported the creation of the Welfare-to-Work program because of concern that welfare reform, specifically Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) which was created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), would not adequately support the achievement of the employment goals driving welfare reform especially self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, a majority of states applied for FY 98 formula funding and are in the process of applying for FY 99 formula funding; and

WHEREAS, many cities across the country and local organizations in collaboration with cities, have focused on the competitive grants -- the remaining 25 percent of Welfare-to-Work funding -- evidenced by over 1,400 applications received by the U.S. Department of Labor Department received for the first of two rounds of competition; and

WHEREAS, the Welfare-to-Work program was created as compliment -- a necessary one -- to the TANF program, using highly targeted funds to help localities move long-term recipients with multiple barriers into work; and

WHEREAS, the need for targeted funds is even more pronounced as caseloads drop statewide, while cities register much slower rates of decline, leaving many cities with a disproportionate share of hard-to-place recipients; and

WHEREAS, employers have expressed concern over the lack of available skilled workers, with many studies focusing on the deficiency in skills of long-term welfare recipients, a U.S. Conference of Mayors study found that nine of 10 cities surveyed did not have enough low-skilled jobs to place recipients in work activities; and

WHEREAS, the Welfare-to-Work program was enacted in August 1997, with an effective date of October 1, 1997 and most states did not receive FY 98 funds until late in 1998 and with three years to expend funds, this program is in its initial stages,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes any efforts to weaken the Welfare-to-Work program by diverting unused funds, reducing agreed-upon funding levels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the reauthorization of the Welfare-to-Work program that is supportive of the lessons learned in the initial stages of implementation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the reinvestment of any unused funds into the program, the investment of new funding where it is needed and the extension of time for the program where the funds have not been allocated; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the immediate passage of a technical amendment to the Welfare-to-Work legislation that will simplify the eligibility requirements for current money; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U. S. Conference of Mayors urges greater communication and coordination between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide leadership at the federal and state levels to ensure the best services for the most in need welfare recipients; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is critical that the competitive grants are coordinated at the local level to ensure that any grant fits into the local long-term strategic plan.

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