Riverside Post-Assistance Self Sufficiency Program

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

  • This strategy can help residents navigate public benefits programs. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
  • Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Program overview

  • Aims to increase employment and earnings for recent TANF recipients
  • Provides post-employment services and payments for supportive services based on participant needs
  • Services and support include case management, counseling and mentoring, reemployment activities, life skills workshops, referrals to training and education, support services (child care, transportation, books, equipment), and referrals to social services programs

Evidence and impacts

Promising

Riverside Post-Assistance Self Sufficiency Program is not yet in any of the major clearinghouses, but has demonstrated positive results in an independent, high-quality evaluation conducted by MDRC

  • Increased employment by 3.7 percentage points during the 4th year
  • Increased annual earnings by $967

Best practices in implementation

  • Explore partnerships with local third-party providers who are familiar with the people, jobs, services, and training necessary to best position participants in the workforce, especially well-established community-based organizations, community colleges, and other groups.
  • Prepare reemployment resources and materials for participants who leave their initial job, and prioritize counselor communication with such participants to aid their reemployment process.
  • Develop a broad, robust recruitment strategy, emphasizing job search assistance and supportive services in initial messaging while using both written (letters and flyers) and electronic communications (emails, texts, and phone calls).
  • Ensure that case management and counseling programs are prepared to meet demand among participants.