- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
States that include TANF in the Combined State Plan must outline how the State will meet the requirements of section 402 of the Social Security Act including how it will:
(OMB Control Number: 0970-0145)
l. Indicate Whether the State Intends to Assist Individuals to Train For, Seek, and Maintain Employment (section 402(a)(1)(b)(v) of the Social Security Act)— (1-2)
1. Providing direct care in a long-term care facility (as such terms are defined under section 1397j of this title); or
2. In other occupations related to elder care, high-demand occupations, or occupations expected to experience labor shortages as, determined appropriate by the State for which the State identifies an unmet need for service personnel, and, if so, shall include an overview of such assistance.
Indiana will develop career pathways under WIOA (programs of study under Perkins) that are built around careers and competencies in healthcare (which includes both child and elder care) and other high-wage, high-demand occupations. Our Workforce Ready Grants, a state program, will pay the tuition and mandatory feesfor eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, or other approved providers. The qualifying high-value certificate programs were selected based on employer demand, wages, job placements and program completion rate. These programs are aligned with Indiana’s highest demand sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Building & Construction
- Health Sciences
- IT & Business Services
- Transportation & Logistics
Depending on an individual’s career aspirations, this is a state-funded resource WorkOnes can direct low-income individuals towards to help mitigate the costs of training. This state program will cover the costs of training and education, while the WorkOne can provide ongoing counseling, coaching, and other career services and job training for someone receiving TANF through WIOA Titles I, II, or III (as applicable). TANF E&T could assist with wraparound services, such as transportation, childcare, equipment and supplies, and other supports an individual needs in order to access the labor market. This may not be the best fit for every individual, since it is restricted to certain sectors and may not provide immediate income relief, but it could be a future opportunity within an individual’s career pathway. TANF E&T programs will coordinate with other Core and Partner Programs. The TANF block grant will be used to help cover costs of any certification, credentialing, or examination costs, easing one barrier to Hoosiers earning postsecondary credentials.