Literacy grants. 49.169(2)(2)
The department may award grants to qualified applicants for the provision of literacy training to individuals who are eligible for temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
The department, in consultation with the technical college system board, the department of public instruction, and the governor's office, shall develop written criteria to be used to evaluate any grant proposals and to allocate any grants under this section among successful grant applicants.
The department shall require grant recipients to coordinate with the appropriate Wisconsin works agencies to ensure that those participants in Wisconsin works who are served by those Wisconsin works agencies and who need literacy training receive adequate literacy training.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2003 a. 33
Workforce attachment and advancement program. 49.173(1)(1)
The department shall distribute funds to Wisconsin works agencies and to local workforce development boards established under 29 USC 2832
to provide all of the following to any person who is eligible for the federal temporary assistance to needy families program under 42 USC 601
Job readiness training and job placement services to unemployed persons.
Basic job skills development to unemployed or recently employed persons.
Services to assist recently employed persons with job retention.
Incumbent worker training to promote job advancement and increased earnings.
Services to employers to assist them in retaining workers and providing workers with position advancement.
The department shall allocate a portion of the amount to be distributed under sub. (1)
and shall distribute that portion in equal amounts among all of the Wisconsin works agencies.
The department shall distribute the amount that remains after the distribution under par. (a)
to each Wisconsin works agency and local workforce development board based on the criteria specified in sub. (3)
The department shall allocate and distribute funds under sub. (2) (b)
to Wisconsin works agencies based on the number of persons in all of the following case categories served by that Wisconsin works agency:
The department shall allocate and distribute to each local workforce development board funds under sub. (2) (b)
based on a formula that takes into account all of the following:
The percentage of the population of the area served by the local board with an income at or below 200% of the poverty line.
The unemployment rate of the area served by the local board.
The department shall require recipients of the funds distributed under this section to meet performance standards that are based on employment placement for unemployed persons, job retention rates of the persons served by the fund recipients, increased earnings of the persons served by the fund recipients, and increased child support collections for noncustodial parents served by the fund recipients.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
Public assistance and local assistance allocations. 49.175(1)(1)
Allocation of funds.
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, within the limits of the appropriations under s. 20.437 (2) (a)
, and (s)
, the department shall allocate the following amounts for the following purposes:
Wisconsin Works benefits.
For Wisconsin Works benefits, $74,650,100 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $72,131,500 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Wisconsin Works administration.
For administration of Wisconsin Works performed under contracts under s. 49.143
, $10,107,200 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $10,107,200 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Wisconsin Works ancillary services.
For program services under Wisconsin Works provided under contracts under s. 49.143
, $47,229,300 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $47,229,300 in fiscal year 2012-13.
State administration of public assistance programs and overpayment collections.
For state administration of public assistance programs and the collection of public assistance overpayments, $12,918,900 in each fiscal year.
Public assistance program fraud and error reduction.
For activities to reduce fraud under s. 49.197 (1m)
and activities to reduce payment errors under s. 49.197 (3)
, $605,500 in each fiscal year.
For emergency assistance under s. 49.138
and for transfer to the department of administration for low-income energy or weatherization assistance programs, $6,200,000 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Transitional jobs demonstration project.
For the transitional jobs demonstration project under s. 49.162
, $12,000,000 in fiscal year 2011-12.
For services under the work experience program for noncustodial parents under s. 49.36
, $1,140,000 in each fiscal year.
Direct child care services.
For direct child care services under s. 49.155
, $301,631,000 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $298,523,500 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Child care state administration and child care licensing activities.
For administration of child care programs under s. 49.155
and the allocation under s. 49.155 (1g) (c)
for child care licensing activities, $19,702,100 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $19,783,800 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Quality care for quality kids.
For the child care quality improvement activities specified in s. 49.155 (1g)
, $13,486,700 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $13,169,400 in fiscal year 2012-13.
Children of recipients of supplemental security income.
For payments made under s. 49.775
for the support of the dependent children of recipients of supplemental security income, $31,232,200 in each fiscal year.
Kinship care, long-term kinship care, and foster care assistance.
For the kinship care and long-term kinship care programs under s. 48.57 (3m)
, and (3p)
and for foster care for relatives under s. 48.62
, $21,375,800 in each fiscal year.
Safety and out-of-home placement services.
For services provided in counties having a population of 500,000 or more to ensure the safety of children who the department determines may remain at home if appropriate services are provided, and for ongoing services provided in those counties to families with children placed in out-of-home care, $6,350,300 in each fiscal year.
For services to prevent child abuse or neglect in counties having a population of 500,000 or more, $1,489,600 in each fiscal year.
Program improvement plan.
For services provided under the child welfare program improvement plan developed under 45 CFR 1355.35
, $680,400 in fiscal year 2011-12 and $1,360,800 in each fiscal year thereafter.
Grants to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
For grants to the Wisconsin Chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to fund programs that improve social, academic, and employment skills of youth who are eligible to receive temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
et seq., $350,000 in each fiscal year.
Earned income tax credit supplement.
For the transfer of moneys from the appropriation account under s. 20.437 (2) (md)
to the appropriation account under s. 20.835 (2) (kf)
for the earned income tax credit, $43,664,200 in each fiscal year.
The department may reallocate funds that are allocated under a paragraph under sub. (1)
for any purpose specified in a paragraph under sub. (1)
if the secretary of administration approves the reallocation.
If the amounts of federal block grant moneys that are required to be credited to the appropriation accounts under s. 20.437 (2) (mc)
are less than the amounts appropriated under s. 20.437 (2) (mc)
, the department shall submit a plan to the secretary of administration for reducing the amounts of moneys allocated under sub. (1)
. If the secretary of administration approves the plan, the amounts of moneys required to be allocated under sub. (1)
may be reduced as proposed by the department and the department shall allocate the moneys as specified in the plan.
History: 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 5
; 2009 a. 2
; 2011 a. 10
Aid to families with dependent children. 49.19(1)(a)(a)
In this section, "dependent child" means a child under the age of 18 or, if the child is a full-time student at a secondary school or its vocational or technical equivalent and is reasonably expected to complete the program before reaching 19, is under the age of 19, who:
Has been deprived of parental support or care by reason of the death, continued absence from the home other than absence occasioned solely by reason of the performance of active duty in the uniformed services of the United States, unemployment or incapacity of a parent; and
Is living with a parent; a blood relative, including those of half-blood, and including first cousins, nephews or nieces and persons of preceding generations as denoted by prefixes of grand, great or great-great; a stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother or stepsister; a person who legally adopts the child or is the adoptive parent of the child's parent, a natural or legally adopted child of such person or a relative of an adoptive parent; or a spouse of any person named in this subparagraph even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce; and is living in a residence maintained by one or more of these relatives as the child's or their own home, or living in a residence maintained by one or more of these relatives as the child's or their own home because the parents of the child have been found unfit to have care and custody of the child; or
Is living in a foster home licensed under s. 48.62
if a license is required under that section, in a foster home located within the boundaries of a federally recognized American Indian reservation in this state and licensed by the tribal governing body of the reservation, in a group home licensed under s. 48.625
, or in a residential care center for children and youth licensed under s. 48.60
, and has been placed in the foster home, group home, or center by a county department under s. 46.215
, or 46.23
, by the department, by the department of corrections, or by a federally recognized American Indian tribal governing body in this state under an agreement with a county department.
Any individual may apply for aid to families with dependent children and shall have opportunity to do so. Application for aid shall be made on forms prescribed by the department. Any person having knowledge that any child is dependent upon the public for proper support or that the interest of the public requires that such child be granted aid may bring the facts to the notice of an agency administering such aid in the county in which the child resides.
"Aid to families with dependent children" means money payments with respect to, or vendor payments as prescribed by the department, or medical care in behalf of or any type of remedial care recognized under subs. (1)
or s. 49.46
or necessary burial expenses as defined in sub. (5)
in behalf of a dependent child or dependent children.
"Aid to families with dependent children" also includes such aid to meet the needs of the relative with whom any dependent child is living and the spouse of the relative if:
The spouse is living with the relative, the relative is the child's parent and the child is a dependent child by reason of the physical or mental incapacity of a parent; or
The spouse is a convicted offender permitted to live at home but precluded from earning a wage because the spouse is required by a court imposed sentence to perform unpaid public work or unpaid community service.
"Aid to families with dependent children" also includes payments made to another individual not a relative enumerated under par. (a)
, pursuant to federal regulations, if:
The individual has been appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction as a legal representative of the dependent child; or
The individual who may be a caseworker has been designated by the county department under s. 46.215
to receive payment of the aid or cash payments to recipients who are engaged in an approved work relief or training project.
The rate of payment for skilled nursing care provided under this section shall be determined by the county under guidelines established by the department pursuant to s. 49.45 (6m)
. Payment for limited care shall not exceed 90% of the applicable Title XIX skilled care rate. Payment for personal care shall not exceed 80% of the applicable Title XIX skilled care rate.
A home visit may be made at the option of the county to investigate the circumstances of the child before granting aid. The department may, however, require a county to make a home visit for this purpose if the department finds that a need exists. A report upon a home visit shall be made in writing and become a part of the record in the case. Every applicant shall be promptly notified in writing of the disposition of his or her application. Aid shall be furnished with reasonable promptness to any eligible individual.
A county department under s. 46.215
may not accept a rent receipt to verify the residence of an applicant for or recipient of aid under this section unless the receipt shows the name, address and home and business telephone numbers of the landlord or the landlord's designee.
Recipients of aid under this section shall, as a condition for continued receipt of the aid, provide accurate monthly reports of any circumstances which may affect their eligibility or the amount of assistance. The department shall promulgate rules selecting categories of recipients who may report less frequently in order to reduce administrative expense and shall specify monthly dates by which reports shall be submitted.
An alien shall provide the department with reports the department requires to determine eligibility and the amount of aid, including reports about the alien's sponsor.
Eligibility for aid to families with dependent children for any month shall be based on estimated income, resources, family size and other similar relevant circumstances during that month. The amount of aid for any month shall be based on income and other relevant circumstances in the first or, at the option of the department, the 2nd month preceding such a month, except that the amount of aid in the first month or, at the option of the department, the first and 2nd months of a period of consecutive months for which aid is payable is based on estimated income and other relevant circumstances in such first month or first and 2nd months. The department may promulgate rules establishing payment and reporting months as needed to administer this paragraph.
Any person who has conveyed, transferred or disposed of any asset that would be included in determining the value of assets under sub. (4) (bm)
within 2 years prior to the date of making application, or of redetermination of eligibility, for benefits under this section at less than fair market value shall, unless shown to the contrary, be presumed to have made the transfer, conveyance or disposition in contemplation of receiving benefits under this section and shall be ineligible to receive the benefits thereafter until the uncompensated value of the asset is expended by or on behalf of the person for his or her maintenance needs, including needs for medical care. The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of this paragraph. This paragraph shall apply to the extent permitted under federal law.
After the investigation and report and a finding of eligibility, aid as defined in sub. (1)
shall be granted by the county department under s. 46.215
as the best interest of the child requires. No such aid shall be furnished any person for any period during which that person is receiving supplemental security income or for any month if, on the last day of the month, that person is participating in a strike or to any person who fails to apply for or provide such social security account numbers as required by federal law.
If the county department under s. 46.215
finds a person eligible for aid under this section, that county department shall, on a form to be prescribed by the department, direct the payment of such aid by order upon the secretary of administration. Payment of aid shall be made monthly, based on a calendar month or fiscal month as defined by the department; except that the director of the county department may, in his or her discretion for the purpose of protecting the public, direct that the monthly allowance be paid in accordance with sub. (5) (c)
The aid shall be granted only upon the following conditions:
There must be a dependent child who is living with the person charged with its care and custody and dependent upon the public for proper support. Aid may also be granted for minors other than to those specified, but not for a dependent child 18 years of age or older who is living in a home or institution specified under sub. (1) (a) 2. b.
The person applying for aid has allowed the county department under s. 46.215
15 to 30 days to process his or her application and, if not already a resident of the county, has notified the county department under s. 46.215
of his or her intent to establish residence in the county. The effective date of eligibility for aid to eligible individuals is the date the applicant submits a signed and completed application to the county department under s. 46.215
, or the first date on which the applicant meets all of the eligibility criteria, whichever is later.
The person applying for aid shall document, to the department's satisfaction, actual income as claimed in the application, and shall reveal all assets. Except as specified in par. (br)
, aid is available only if the combined equity value of assets does not exceed $1,000. One automobile with an equity value not exceeding $1,500, one home, as specified in par. (e)
, and, for each person, one burial plot and one burial agreement under s. 445.125 (1) (a) 2.
with a value of not more than $1,500 may not be included when determining the combined equity value of assets. Any amount received under section 32
of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6)
, and any payment made by an employer under section 3507
of the internal revenue code, as defined in s. 71.01 (6)
, may not be included in determining the combined equity value of assets in the month of receipt and the following month.
Aid may be paid for up to 9 months to an otherwise eligible owner of real property other than that specified under par. (bm)
and that real property may be excluded as an asset for up to 9 months if all of the following conditions are met:
The owner enters into a signed, written agreement with the county department under s. 46.215
that he or she shall make a good faith effort to sell the real property and repay the amount of aid granted during the asset exclusion period up to the amount of net proceeds of the sale of the real property.
The net proceeds of the sale of the real property plus the combined equity value of all other countable assets exceed $1,000 on the date of the agreement made under subd. 1.
The department shall request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of health and human services to allow a recipient of aid under this section to accumulate funds in an education and employability account, as described in subd. 2.
, the first $10,000 in which is not considered against the amount of assets that a recipient is allowed to own under par. (bm)
. If the waiver is granted, the department shall promulgate rules to implement the waiver and shall implement the waiver beginning no sooner than January 1, 1995. Subdivision 2.
does not apply unless the waiver is in effect.