State Displaced Homemaker Program
Description and Purpose: The State Displaced Homemakers Program is intended to provide employment and training services to individuals who have been dependent upon someone else for support and who through death, disability of a spouse or divorce no longer have such support. Services for Displaced Homemakers include vocational counseling, job training and job search assistance. The purpose of the program is to intervene in an individual's life prior to their depletion of financial reserves. Intervening shortly after displacement prevents welfare dependence and helps attach them as quickly as possible to the labor market.
Economic Development: This program is one of the many programs administered by Workforce Services Division that is designed to provide a qualified labor force for business and industry. The services are designed to prepare an individual for the workplace and to have skills that business and industry need.
Eligibility: State Displaced Homemaker services are provided to Montana residents 18 years of age or older who have been in the home primarily caring for the home and family without compensation and for that reason have diminished marketable skills; and have been dependent on public assistance or on the income of a relative but are no longer supported by that income; or are unemployed or underemployed and are experiencing difficulty in obtaining suitable employment and whose youngest child will soon become ineligible for TANF; or is a criminal offender.
Administration and Evaluation: The program is administered by Workforce Services Division; the bulk of the funding goes in direct grants to six private, non-profit organizations in local communities to serve individuals. Ten percent of the funding is retained by Workforce Services Division for administrative functions, such as monitoring, fiscal oversight, maintenance of the participant data tracking system, etc. Program managers physically go to each program operator site biennially to review participant files and provide technical assistance.
Performance Standards: There are no mandatory performance standards however the Workforce Services Division has instituted performance measures for entered employment and wage at placement. Program operators have consistently met and exceeded expected performance. If an operator misses a performance indicator for a quarter, Workforce Services Division staff will meet with them and institute corrective action to rectify performance.
Scope: One hundred eight individuals (both male and female) were served in Program Year 2009 (July 1, 2010 through June, 30, 2011) with 26 of 39 individuals exiting the program placed in unsubsidized employment. The program receives $212,707 from ESA each year.
Stakes: Operators are using the State Displaced Homemaker Program to leverage their resources to serve as many people as possible in their communities. It is a flexible resource for the community-based organizations. If this program is eliminated, direct services to needy Montanans will be cut.
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